Roy Oswalt started tonight and went 5.0 innings, gave up 3 runs, all earned, and struck out 5. This line is not as impressive, especially when facing a single A team like the Palm Beach Cardinals (affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals), but it was the work that Oswalt needed to get in and looks to return to the team soon.
The main attraction tonight was getting to see Chase Utley play. He went 1 for 2 with a walk and home run. The homer was a complete laser that cleared the wall in right field. The plays that made Phillies fans the most comfortable were the scenes of Utley on the basepaths. After he was walked in the 4th inning, he had to run to second, made the turn toward third, stopping and turning on his knee. Then during a hit toward third base, Utley ran to third, slid and popped up without any signs of pain. This was the most promising sight to see coming from this rehab start. Although we have to remember that Utley's cartilage damage in his knee is not completely healed, and will probably not be for some time. The reason of this season is all about managing the injury, and making sure Utley doesnt try to play hero and play through the pain.
Upcoming series. 5/13 - 5/15 @ Atlanta; 5/16 - 5/17 @ St. Louis