Saturday, May 26, 2012

The M.A.S.H. Report

A quick update on six Phillies players on the disabled list:

-- Chase Utley (left knee) will travel with the Phils from St. Louis to New York on Sunday night, according to general manager Scott Proefrock. For the last 10 days, Utley has taken part in regular hitting and infield work during pregame batting practice sessions.

Utley is currently (Saturday BP) taking throws from the outfield at second base, applying mock tags. It's unknown when Utley will take his rehab to Clearwater, Fla. When he does go to Clearwater, he will hop right into extending spring training or rehab games.

--Ryan Howard (Achilles) and Michael Martinez (right foot) were both scheduled to hit in simulated games on Saturday in Clearwater. Howard has been at the Phillies spring training facility four four weeks, but has yet to appear in a game. He has ben doing both light running and fielding exercises within the last week.

--Jim Thome (back) played in his second extended spring training game in as many days on Saturday. Thome had an RBI double and an infield single on Friday. Thome has been on the DL since May 2. the Phils hope to have him back in time for a stretch of nine straight interleague games in American League ballparks, when they'll need a DH, that begins on June 8.

--Justin De Fratus (right elbow) threw for the first time in a month on Friday. According to Proefrock, the session went well as De Fratus was scheduled to play catch again Saturday.

--Vance Worley (right elbow) played light catch with pitching coach Rich Dubee before batting practice at Busch Stadium early Saturday afternoon. Worley is eligible to come off the DL on Monday, but has yet to throw off the mound in his rehab. Proefrock wasn't sure if Worley would have to go on a rehab outing or not before returning to the rotation.

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