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The Phillies aren’t ready to turn to 2013 just yet, so Chase Utley started Monday night’s game against the Mets at second base.
Not third base.
Utley continues to work out at third, and while it’s not a certainty that he’ll be playing there next year, it’s more and more becoming a real possibility.
He may even play there this season, but general manager Ruben Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel both suggested Monday that won’t happen until the Phillies give up on this last-gasp run at a wild-card spot.
“Only if he feels comfortable there, and likely only if we’re out of the race,” Amaro said.
Utley continues to work at third during early batting practice, and he was there again on Monday. The word is that he’s feeling more comfortable there, and it’s obvious the Phillies are becoming more comfortable with the idea.
If Utley plays third, Freddy Galvis would likely play second base, giving the Phillies a stronger overall defensive infield.
The Phillies want to add at least one significant hitter over the winter, but they figure it will be easier to add that hitter in the outfield. They would still have the option of adding a third baseman, and leaving Utley at second base.