took ground balls for the second straight day at Wrigley Field during batting practice Thursday.
Utley, who has missed the first six weeks of the season while battling chondromalacia in his left knee, said he'll likely take a day off tomorrow and continue to gauge how he feels on a day-to-day basis before going giving himself the clearance to take his rehab to Clearwater. When he does go to Clearwater, it will be to play in games.
Although he's inching closer, Utley isn't there yet.
"I wish I could tell you, obviously the better I feel, the
shorter it will take," Utley said on the progression from taking regular infield work to playing in rehab games. "But it’s still going to take a little time to get to game
Utley also did some running today, at a speed he called "close to" 100 percent. Overall, Utley was encouraged.
Having gone through a similar ailment a year ago - his right knee - Utley has grasp on when he can move from baseball activities to baseball games.
"Over the past year or
so I know the pain threshold I can play at," he said. "And right now, I’m in the