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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.

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Utley (ankle) will not play in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Utley sprained his ankle in January and will be eased into games a little down the road according to manager Ryne Sandberg. He is expected to be fine for the start of the regular season.

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Utley (ankle) said he still has no desire to waive his no trade clause, but he would have to listen if the Phillies came to him with a trade offer, the team's official site reports.

The Phillies are in rebuild mode, but Utley is content to stay with the club for now. He is currently dealing with an ankle sprain that he suffered when he stepped on a baseball in January.

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Utley sprained his ankle in January and he has reported to camp, but is behind schedule, the Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence reports.

It does not sound like something Utley is overly concerned with, but it should be noted that it could be an issue once spring training games start. Owners and prospective owners should check back in on his status in a week or two, but it does not sound like his availability for Opening Day is in any jeopardy.

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Manager Ryne Sandberg said he will try to give Utley more days off this season, the Phillies' official site reports.Every spring the Phillies talk about giving Utley more time off, but each year it does not transpire. Utley got off to a hot first half last year, but struggled over the second half of the season. More rest could be beneficial for his offensive game if Sandberg actually follows through with the plan.

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Utley will not be traded to the Dodgers as part of the deal that will send Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles, CSN Philly reports.

Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that the two sides discussed Utley in the course of the Rollins trade talks. Utley has said in the past his preference is to stay in Philly, but he could change his mind now that the Phillies are starting to dismantle their roster as part of the rebuilding process.

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GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley will not lose playing time next season as part of the Phillies' rebuilding process, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Phillies do not have a prospect at second base that is ready for playing time in the majors, so keeping Utley in the lineup won't impact the playing time of younger guys. Utley has 10 and 5 rights which allows him to block any trade. Thus far, he has expressed no interest in going to another team.

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Utley is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Utley, a San Diego native, will get to observe the Phillies' final game in his hometown from the bench. His absence is likely for both maintenance purposes and matchup-related reasons, as lefty Robbie Erlin will toe the rubber for the Padres.