As for this year, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last month that the organization was “cautiously optimistic” that Utley would be able to contribute as a starter in 2013. Amaro continues with the positive vibes surrounding his All-Star second baseman today when he told CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury that Utley looks great,
“’Chase is doing very, very well,’ Amaro said Wednesday. ‘Scott has been with him the last couple of days and he says Chase looks great and is feeling great. We hope it continues.’”
Utley, 34, hit 11 homeruns each of the past two seasons while driving in 44 RBI in 2011 and 45 RBI in 2012. The numbers are eerily similar. Utley hit .256 on the year but found his stride down the stretch as he hit .299 in the month of September. The Phillies are hoping he can pick up right where he left off.
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