Chase Utley cleared to start hitting again

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Good news for the Phillies: Chase Utley has been cleared to swing a bat.

Utley was examined by his hand specialist today and was given the go-ahead. Assuming everything goes well once he starts hacking away he should be on course for an early
September return.

Wait, Utley doesn’t hack. That’s what makes him so damn good.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.