MILWAUKEE — The Giants, the Angels, the Cubs, the Dodgers, the Astros, the Yankees. At one point or another, they've all been suggested as potential suitors for Chase Utley, the long-tenured Phillies second baseman who spent a month and a half on the disabled list with inflammation in his right ankle.
If they're watching, Utley has been treating them to a show. Even when he's making outs, he's demonstrating how healthy his ankle has become.
Including a 4-for-5 performance on Friday at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Utley is now 11 for 22 since his return from the disabled list Aug. 7, with four doubles and four RBIs over six games. He did get overthrown trying to stretch a single into a double — the type of hustle play that may not have been possible before his prolonged rest — but he also drove in the lone Phillies run in a 3-1 loss with a two-out single in the ninth.
It was his first four-hit game since May 2013 at Arizona. If these are his last days in the uniform he's worn since he entered the league in 2003, he's going out with a flourish.
"I just think he's using the whole field more [since he returned]," Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. "They play him to pull. I said earlier it was the best batting practice I saw him take in San Diego because he hit about 10 home runs to right field, pulling the ball with authority. Over the last few years, he's been trying to stay up the middle probably because that shift is on. He's showing his bat speed. The bat speed's there."
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