Utley begins rehab assignment

Utley begins rehab assignment

MINNEAPOLIS -- Phillies second baseman Chase Utley began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Clearwater.

"That's definitely good news," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "Super."

Position players have 20 days to rehab before they must be called up to the Majors, if they are healthy. If Utley has no setbacks, it means he would be back with the Phillies no later than July 2.

Utley was the Threshers' designated hitter on Tuesday. He could begin playing second base before the end of the week.