Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com that star second baseman Chase Utley will return to the team next week, but there is no timetable to his return to the lineup.
"His strength seems to be improving," Amaro said. "He's moving forward."
Utley has been sidelined due to a chronically injured left knee which he has been rehabbing away from teh club in Phoenix. The 33-year-old has not played yet this season for Philadelphia.
Last season in just 103 games played, Utley hit .259/.344/.425 with 11 home runs nad 44 RBI. He has not had a healthy season since 2009 when he hit .282/.397/.508 with 33 home runs and 104 RBI in 156 games. The Phillies are currently 5-5 and trail the first place Washington Nationals by 2.5 games.