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


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.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

New Era

There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: