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Utley was satisfied with how his ankle felt Saturday after starting at second base for the first time ths spring, the Phillies' official site reports. "It went well. Played four innings, didn't have a whole lot of action, but it went well," Utley said.

Utley, who missed time with a sprained ankle earlier this month, will gradually increase the number of innings he plays at second over the final two weeks of spring training.

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Manager Ryne Sandberg said Utley is getting closer to making his first start at second base, the Phillies' official site reports.

Utley has yet to play in the field this spring as he works his way back from an ankle sprain. He has been taking ground balls in practice and has been playing in games as a DH.

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Manager Ryne Sandberg said Utley's first start at second base could be "right around the corner," the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Utley has been held to only DH appearances since he returned to the lineup. He missed the first 10 games of spring with a sprained ankle.

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Utley said his ankle feels pretty good after making his spring debut Friday as a DH, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports."Still making a little progress on it," he said. "It's not perfect yet, but we're moving in the right direction."

Utley will meet with manager Ryne Sandberg to work out plan to transition to playing in the field soon. He will get a day off Saturday and may DH at least one more time before he gets some action at second base.

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Utley (ankle) will play in his first spring training game Friday, serving as the Phillies' designated hitter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Utley will bat third, nestled between Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard in a rather unintimidating lineup. With more than three weeks to go until Opening Day, Utley should have plenty of time to pile up at-bats before the start of the season.

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Utley (ankle) could play in his first spring training game Friday, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies could use Utley as the DH in his first game back. He has been sidelined with a sprained right ankle.

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Utley said his sprained ankle is improving and that he is ready to increase the intensity of his running, CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies still do not have a timetable for when Utley will play in a game. Manager Ryne Sandberg said it was possible Utley could see game action late this week.

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Manager Ryne Sandberg was unable to pinpoint a return date for Utley (ankle) when asked Sunday, CSN Philadelphia reports. "This week? That's hard to tell," Sandberg said. "It would be later in the week if he does. But everything else is good."

Utley has been hitting, running and fielding ground balls, but has yet to take the field in a game. He is recovering from a sprained right ankle. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

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Utley said his ankle has improved since he arrived at camp last month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I'm making a little progress," Utley said. "Obviously, I wish it was a little quicker, but I'm trying to be smart about it. It seems like it's making some progressions every few days. As long as it continues to do that, I'd like to get out there as soon as possible."

The Phillies announced Monday that Utley would not play in any spring training games this week. His ankle is still swollen. Utley said he is not going to take any chances trying to get on the field too quickly which could lead to other problems. His chronic knee condition has caused him to miss significant time in the past, and it is likely he wants to avoid anything that might aggravate that condition.

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Utley (ankle) did not work out Monday and he will not play in games for "a while," according to general manager Ruben Amaro,'s Todd Zolecki reports.

There has been no word on whether Utley's ankle injury could linger into the regular season, but the Phillies will not give him starts this spring until he is 100 percent healthy. Utley always misses time with injuries, and this just serves as a nice preseason reminder of that fact. Cesar Hernandez will get the start at second base in Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener.