Utley's sore legs not worrying Phillies

Utley's sore legs not worrying Phillies

Utley's sore legs not worrying Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley coyly evaded the questions on Saturday morning at Bright House Field.

Should we sound the alarms?

Is there reason to worry?

"If there's cause for concern you'll be the first to know," Utley said.

Utley has missed the Phillies' first two exhibition games this spring because of soreness in his knees and legs, according to manager Charlie Manuel. That included Saturday's 5-4 win in the club's Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa., Fla.

Utley is doubtful to play on Sunday against the Yankees at Bright House Field.

Manuel downplayed the soreness, although it is unusual for a player to miss time early in the spring for general soreness, especially one who trained during the entire offseason, like Utley.

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Former Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth missed the first three Grapefruit League games in 2009. At the time, the Phillies said that Werth was simply not ready to play, implying he was not in baseball shape.

It might be nothing more than soreness from Utley's rigorous workouts, but it certainly is worth watching.

"He's getting there, getting better," said Manuel, who added that Utley participated in a full workout at Bright House Field. "He's fine. He's sore. He's got some soreness in his legs. He'll be ready in a couple of days."