Phillies’ Ut­ley won’t be ready for sea­son opener

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

CLEAR­WA­TER, FLA. | Chase Ut­ley will miss the en­tire ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule for the sec­ond straight year and will not be in the Philadel­phia Phillies’ open­ing-day lineup be­cause of his in­jured knees.

The five-time All-star, limited to 103 games last year when he didn’t play his first game un­til May 23, said Sun­day he will not have sea­so­nend­ing surgery and does not have plans to re­tire. He says he feels bet­ter than he did at this point last year.

In Ut­ley’s ab­sence the Phillies will turn to rookie Freddy Galvis, 22, who en­tered Sun­day hit­ting .236 (13 for 55) with two homers, two triples and a team-high 12 RBI in 20 games.

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