Phillies hope to know more about Utley soon
Team expects to learn within day or two whether shot worked
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Domonic Brown's right hand is a bad break, but the clock is ticking on Chase Utley's right knee.
Utley received a cortisone injection into the knee on Friday to potentially alleviate the patellar tendinitis that has plagued him for weeks. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday morning at Bright House Field that the club hopes to know if the shot worked within 24 to 48 hours.
It would seem troubling if the shot does not work. The Phillies initially prescribed rest following an MRI exam on Feb. 26, but Utley's knee never improved. The Phillies took the next step with the injection. If the shot fails, it could mean there is something more than tendinitis.
"Could it be more than that?" Amaro said. "Perhaps. Right now that's what we have."
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Utley has been able to take batting practice, but has been unable to run or take fielding practice for more than a week.
"It's just kind of a step-by-step process at this point," Utley said Saturday. "The whole goal for me is to try to get this fixed as soon as possible, but also keep it in perspective. I've got to keep it right for the long haul as well. I feel like we're making the right progression. We'll see how it goes."
But if there's no improvement, then what?
"Those are things we'll have to discuss at that time, but they said it would take two, three or four days to kick in and see how it goes from there," Utley said. "We'll know more after three or four days."
Light goes off for Lee, who fixes delivery
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cliff Lee noticed a kink in his delivery following his first Grapefruit League start last week.
He fixed it Sunday. He allowed two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings against the Tampa Bay Rays at Bright House Field. Lee looked good, pounding the strike zone and baffling hitters along the way.
"I've been making the same mistakes over and over a little bit on some things," Lee said in the Phillies' clubhouse afterward. "I think I figured out why and I tried to apply them today and it worked."
Lee's plant foot had twisted slightly as he moved toward the plate. It should remain square against the rubber. Lee said he figured it out between warming up in the bullpen and taking the mound in the top of the first inning. Did he see a vision? A bright light?
"I saw a light," Lee said. "It told me to do something and I did it. Bam! It's amazing. It's why I didn't want to tell you about it. I don't think you'd really believe it."
Lee said he feels good following two starts.
"I'm happy with where I'm at, but every year is different," he said. "Different challenges. You're trying to steadily improve, but, yeah, I feel good where I'm at. My body feels good. For the most part I'm throwing the ball remotely close to where I'm trying to. It's a good thing."
Phillies offer info on upcoming giveaways
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies unveiled several of their Citizens Bank Park giveaways this season before Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays at Bright House Field.
Some of the items lined up in the Phillies' dugout included:
Roy Oswalt bobble figurine, which will be handed out to all fans on May 24.
Carlos Ruiz T-shirt, which will be given to kids 14 and under on May 22. The T-shirt has a catcher's face mask on the front and "Chooch" and the No. 51 on the back.
Roy Halladay baseball and tin, which will be handed out April 2 to children 14 and under.
Phillies director of merchandising Scott Brandreth said an events and promotions committee goes over ideas for potential giveaways every year.
"We're open to anybody's suggestions," he said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.