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: Reds sign Ben Revere

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The Reds have signed outfielder Ben Revere to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Revere is expected to take home a salary between $1 million and $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, Heyman adds.

Revere, 29, spent last season with the Angels. He batted a light .275/.308/.344 in 308 plate appearances. Revere does have some speed as he stole 21 bases last year.

Revere will try to earn a spot on the roster as a backup outfielder. The Reds’ starting spots are spoken for with Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton, and Scott Schebler.