Utley could be nearing return to Phils' lineup

Utley could be nearing return to Phils' lineup

PHILADELPHIA -- Fans could be seeing Chase Utley back in a Phillies uniform and on the field during the coming week.

Utley, who was yet to play this season because of chondromalacia in his left knee, is back in Philadelphia and will play another rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday. He could be activated by the Phillies on Wednesday, according to a CSNPhilly.com report that cited an anonymous source.

Sunday marked the 13th day of Utley's rehab assignment. Position players on rehab assignments have 20 days to be activated by their Major League ballclub, barring any type of setback.

In nine rehab games with Class A Clearwater, Utley was 5-for-32 (.156) with one home run and five RBIs. He played second base for the Threshers on Friday and Saturday, the first time he played the field in back-to-back games during his rehab stint.

The Phillies play a four-game series with the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park starting on Monday.