Utley suits up in Minor League game
Phils second baseman hadn't played since World Series
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Guess who quietly played in a Minor League Spring Training game Saturday at the Carpenter Complex?
Utley, who is recovering from offseason surgery on his right hip, went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game since Game 5 of the World Series. He also played four innings at second base.
He reported no problems.
"It seemed to go well," he said.
Phillies third baseman Pedro Feliz, who is recovering from offseason back surgery, said after playing in his first Grapefruit League game Friday that he plans to be in the Phillies' lineup Opening Day on April 5.
"It's the same plan," Utley said. "As long as everything continues to go the way it has, the plan is to be out there [Opening Day]."
Utley struck out swinging in his first at-bat against right-hander Drew Naylor, who pitched for Australia in the World Baseball Classic. Right-hander Chad Durbin, who is coming back from a strained right hamstring, struck out Utley looking in his second at-bat.
Utley hit a chopper up the middle for a single off right-hander Tyler Cloyd, the team's 18th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, in his third at-bat. He ripped a ground-rule double to right-center field off Cloyd in his final at-bat.
"I left that pitch up to Utley," Cloyd said to catcher Alan Robbins.
"As far as physically, it still has some room for improvement," Utley said about his hip. "But it was nice to be out there. It was nice to try to get the feel of the game back. That's probably going to be the most difficult thing -- just to get that flow back. But as far as physically, it felt pretty good.
"No pain hitting. No pain fielding. I ran hard a couple times, and like I said, there are no problems there. It's good to know."
Utley participated in sliding drills Friday, the last challenge he faced before playing in a game.
"I was curious to see how it felt today, and it felt fine," he said. "That's the whole thing -- if it feels good tomorrow."
Utley is not sure if he will play in a Grapefruit League game Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Bright House Field, but he is expected to play in a Grapefruit League contest very soon.
Utley said he felt no sense of relief that the hip felt as good as he said it did.
"It makes you feel confident that what I've been doing the last four months seems to be working," he said.
Brad Lidge, Scott Eyre and Durbin threw scoreless innings in the same Spring Training game.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.