Phils star 2B Utley begins his comeback

DUNEDIN — Phillies 2B Chase Utley homered twice and beat out an infield single in an extended spring training game Saturday.

The five-time All-Star hasn't played this season because of a knee injury. He finished 5-for-7.

"It felt pretty good just to get back out between the lines," Utley said. "So far so good, and we'll see how it responds (today) and go from there."

Utley, who has been out all season with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, played four innings in the field, alternating each inning.

At the plate, the left-handed hitting Utley saw all lefties.

"It was good to get some timing back and some swings in there, see some live pitching, so we're just going to keep it going," Utley said.

MARLINS: RH reliever Clay Hensley went on the 15-day disabled list with bruised left ribs. RHP Burke Badenhop was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

METS: RHP Chris Young couldn't get loose in the bullpen before the game against the Dodgers and was replaced by RHP Dillon Gee.

NATIONALS: CF Rick Ankiel went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. OF Roger Bernadina was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

ORIOLES: LHP Brian Matusz, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle, pitched two innings in extended spring training. He's scheduled to pitch three innings Wednesday then start a minor-league rehab assignment.

RANGERS: RF Nelson Cruz went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps. The slugger has been in the DL four times the past two seasons. OF Craig Gentry was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

TWINS: LHP Francisco Liriano, coming off a no-hitter Tuesday against the White Sox, had his next start pushed back a day to Tuesday because of a sore throat. RHP Nick Blackburn is set to start in his place Monday.

WHITE SOX: RHP Jake Peavy, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July because of a detached lat muscle near his right shoulder, could be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Phils star 2B Utley begins his comeback 05/07/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 8, 2011 12:07am]

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