Chase Utley to begin minor league rehab assignment tonight

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Chase Utley reported no problems after playing extended spring training games Saturday and Monday, so he’ll begin a minor-league rehab assignment at high Single-A tonight, according to Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

That the Phillies are allowing Utley to play on back-to-back days suggests he’s relatively far along in his recovery from knee problems, but rehab assignments are allowed to last as many as 20 days and they don’t seem to be rushing him back.

Wilson Valdez and Pete Orr have split time at second base in Utley’s absence, hitting just .235 with zero homers and a .561 OPS that ranks dead last among NL teams at the position.