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Charlie Manuel expects Chase Utley back in the first week of July

Chasse Utley

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley listen to a reporter’s question during a baseball availability at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Charlie Manuel was on MLB Network Radio a little while ago and he said he expects Chase Utley to return either July 2, 3, or 4.

I assume by then his bat will be in better order than it was in his 0 for 5 game yesterday. The real question, of course, is not the bat, but how he does at second base. Which is what really aggravated his knee in the past.