Saturday, May 08, 2004

Utley Up | Thanks to typical Friday-night fatigue, I lasted all of half an inning before conking out and missing the Phils' 4-1 victory (Inquirer; Daily News) over the Diamondbacks last night. As Phillies Fan's Bill Liming notes, with Florida winning the Phillies remain three games out of first, but are now in second place thanks to losses by the Mets and Braves.

Placido Polanco strained his left quad during the game and was placed on the 15-day disabled list afterward, clearing the way for Chase Utley's return from northeastern Pennsylvania. Liming, of course, has championed Utley since spring training, and hopes that he remains on the roster when Polanco rejoins the club. Given this season's anemic hitting, the Phils certainly lose nothing at the plate with Utley taking some swings instead of Polanco, and I hope Chase makes the most of his chance.


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