Evans Clinchy
Friday March 23rd, 2012

Chase Utley has been battling chronic knee pain, and it's unclear whether he'll be ready for the Philadelphia Phillies' season opener in two weeks. But there was good news today -- manager Charlie Manuel said Utley is on the verge of rejoining the team, possibly tomorrow in Clearwater.

"He's supposed to come back tomorrow or the next day or something," Manuel told MLB.com. "I don't know."

Utley left camp on Monday to see a specialist in Phoenix about his chronic pain. It's unknown what, if anything, this week's visit accomplished.

"I haven't heard nothing," Manuel said. "Absolutely zero." Manuel and the Phillies are hard at work on a contigency plan in case Utley isn't ready for Opening Day, April 5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Freddy Galvis, the Phils' 22-year-old Venezuelan prospect, looks likely to be the team's starter in the opener.

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