Burrell appreciates honor, visits Utley

Burrell appreciates honor, visits Utley

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Phillies outfielder Pat Burrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's game at AT&T Park.

Burrell helped the Giants win the 2010 World Series, but spent his first nine big league seasons with the Phillies, helping them win the 2008 World Series. Burrell retired after last season and is working as a scout with the Giants, but will sign a one-day Minor League contract next month to ceremonially retire a member of the Phillies.

Burrell said he is happy the Phillies made the gesture. He remembers how they honored Doug Glanville and Mike Lieberthal the same way.

Burrell is rehabbing from shoulder surgery in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lives. He frequently sees Chase Utley, who is rehabbing his chronically injured left knee.

"I've talked to him," Burrell said. "I know he's doing everything he can to get back. I just don't know. He doesn't say a whole lot, as you guys know. And I don't want to get into his business. I know he's dying to get back on the field. I think at this point he wants to make sure he's doing everything he can so when he does come back he doesn't have hiccups."