Injury News Getting Better For Phillies

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Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, Roy Oswalt; all members of the Phillies who have faced injuries this season and who are all at different places in their return to action. We've got the latest news on these and other Phillies who are on the mend.

The news starts with top prospect Domonic Brown. The play of Ben Francisco, coupled with the winning start for the Phillies, have helped some to forget about the injury to Brown. The heir apparent to right field was injured during spring training and has yet to play this season.

Brown has been rehabbing in Clearwater and played in an extended camp game on Monday, going 2-for-3. The good news is that he seemed to come through the game without any pain in the wrist and seems like he's moving closer to an official rehab assignment.

"He seemed to come out of it okay, health-wise," explained Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

Perhaps the most notable injury for the Phillies has been the loss of Chase Utley, who hasn't played since arriving in camp.

Throughout camp and the early part of the season, Utley was taking groundballs while sitting on a chair. He has been undergoing physical therapy and doing special stretching and conditioning exercises to return from the patella tendinitis that has him sidelined.

Over the past few days, Utley has started taking groundballs without his little chair. He has also started a running program. Utley and the Phillies have been mum about any potential timetable for Utley to return, but there are at least positive signs that he is dealing with less pain in his knee and has an improved range of movement.

Initially, it has sounded like Utley wouldn't be back until around Memorial Day. If you figure he's another ten days to two weeks away from an official rehab assignment, which could be an extended assignment, he could well be back prior to Memorial Day if all continues to go well.

As for Roy Oswalt, the news is tentatively good. Oswalt is penciled in for a start Thursday night in San Diego and all signs are that he should be healthy enough to make the start. Oswalt strained his back running to first against Florida and has been questionable since then.

Oswalt threw a bullpen session on Monday, consisting of a 40 pitch outing and reported feeling good after the session. The real test will come Tuesday morning, which may determine whether or not Oswalt makes the start against the Padres.

Minor league infielder and member of the Phillies 40 man roster, Brian Bocock, is out with a broken hand suffered in camp. There is no immediate timetable for his return. Bocock is rehabbing at the Phillies complex in Clearwater.


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