You think it’s been a bad spring at Disney? Check out what’s happening in Clearwater.
The Phillies announced that second baseman Chase Utley “has come to a bit of a plateau” in his rehab. He’ll travel out of town for a few days to see a specialist for his knees, the team added. Utley’s chance of playing on Opening Day seem slim and prospect Freddy Galvis may get his chance at the MLB level.
Ryan Howard‘s projected return date has been pushed back about a month. The expectation at the moment: late May or early June.
Add to that reports that Roy Halladay’s velocity is down and you can see why a good start is a must for the Bravos, who need to take advantage of the Phils’ woes. They have no excuse not to, with an April schedule that has them playing the Mets in six of their first 12 games. The Braves have another 7 games against Houston and Pittsburgh.