by Justin Adkins
The Phillies have announced that Chase Utley has been activated from the disabled list, returning the second baseman to the team about 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
To make room on the roster, the Phillies released backup infielder/outfielder Greg Dobbs, designating him for assignment.
Utley had been on the DL since June 29th, when he injured the thumb on his throwing hand while sliding into second base. On July 1st, he underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in the injured thumb. The expected timeframe for his return was estimated at 8 weeks.
It’s not that big a surprise that the hard-working Utley is returning early.
That return couldn’t have come at a better time either, as the Phillies prepare to open a 3-game series Tuesday night with the San Francisco Giants, who they are virtually tied with for the National League Wild Card lead.
In 72 games this season, Utley has hit .277, with 11 home runs, 37 RBI’s, and has an OPS of .849.
Dobbs has not been very productive this season, struggling through long stretches of ineffectiveness. In 76 games, mostly serving as a pinch hitter and injury fill-in, he has hit just .191, with 4 home runs, 14 RBI’s, and has an abysmal OPS of .569.
This is the second time Dobbs has been designated for assignment this season. If he accepts the assignment, which is likely, he could possibly be recalled post-September 1st.
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