Utley hits homer, double in extended spring game


Here's a good sign:

Phillies injured second baseman Chase Utley went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double Monday in an extended spring training game against the Yankees, according to manager Charlie Manuel.

Utley, whose knee problems has cost him 55 games this season, joined injured sluggers Ryan Howard and Jim Thome.

Ive made some strides over the past few months and Im ready to take the next steps, Utley said after Sundays loss to the Marlins.

The plan is for Utley to take some at-bats in extended spring games and, when he feels up to it, work in the field.

Utley missed the first 46 games of last season with a similar knee problem.

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