Utley, Polanco won't play in Grapefruit opener

Utley, Polanco won't play in Grapefruit opener

Utley, Polanco won't play in Grapefruit opener
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel knows his lineup for the Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Bright House Field, in a game that will be broadcast on MLB.TV.

He just didn't care to share it Friday.

But he did say Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not play. The Phillies said at the beginning of Spring Training they would limit playing time for both in an effort to keep them healthier during the season. Utley is playing with a chronic right knee condition, and Polanco has had back problems and underwent sports hernia surgeries after the 2011 season.

Manuel would not say when Utley will see his first Grapefruit League action, but it won't be over the weekend.

"I feel like [he will play] when he feels comfortable," Manuel said. "It might be a little while before I play him. He'll do his regular workouts and things like that. I'm in no hurry to play him as long as we can have him ready when the season starts. As long as he feels real good and he feels good about his practice and all and his hitting and stuff."

Manuel said Polanco probably will play Monday against the Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET, a game which will also be on MLB.TV.