Utley getting stronger; De Fratus close to rehab

Utley getting stronger; De Fratus close to rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. offered injury updates on infielders Chase Utley and Michael Martinez and right-hander Justin De Fratus on Monday at AT&T Park.

He said Utley, who is sidelined because of a chronically injured left knee, continues to rehab in Phoenix. He is expected to rejoin the team next week, when the Phillies travel to Arizona to play the D-backs.

"His strength seems to be improving," Amaro said. "He's moving forward."

There is no timetable for Utley's return.

Martinez has a fractured right foot. He will be in a walking boot for another two weeks, when team physician Michael Ciccotti will evaluate him. De Fratus, who is rehabbing from a sprained right elbow, could pitch in an extended spring training game Thursday. He could begin a rehab assignment shortly after that.

"He's making very good progress," Amaro said of De Fratus.