Facing the Yankees squad, the five time all star went 1-7 at the plate and played four errorless innings at second.
“It was good,” said Utley, “I played little bit more, played a few innings back to back a couple different times so, so far so good.
Covering second during a steal of second Utley had to leap to keep the errant throw in the infield.
“Not yet,” said Utley of any problems landing after the leap, “Like I said, so far so good.”
Plans still are not firm yet as to when Utley will play next.
“I’m not sure what the plan is, I have to talk to (GM) Ruben (Amaro Jr.) and (trainer) Dutch Sheridan and see what the next step is. I’m just trying to get as many reps as I can, as long as I can feel good.”
At the plate in his two extended spring games Utley is a total of 6-14, 0-5 with two strike outs and only one ball hit out of the infield against right-handers, all today. Against lefties, Utley is 6-9 with two homers four singles including legging out another infield hit today.
Twice during the game the rookie plate umpire took a couple balls in a tender spot, the second courtesy of Utley.
“He had a rough game,” said Utley after the game in sympathy.
Remember fans if you want to have the best seat in the house (plate umpire) you might have to pay a bit more.