WASHINGTON -- Chase Utley took another step Thursday in his hopeful return to the Phillies' lineup.

He ran.

He ran just outside the infield cutout from the right-field foul line to the left-field foul line, starting slowly and picking up speed as he rounded second base. He also participated in shuttle drills in left field and later fielded ground balls during batting practice.

Utley has been rehabbing from patellar tendinitis, chondromalacia and bone inflammation in his right knee for roughly two months.

Utley said little about his Thursday run around the infield.

"I did run," Utley said. "It seemed to go well. But, again, I need to make sure it responds well."

Asked if he felt any pain in the knee while he ran, he said, "Like I said, I felt pretty good."

It remains unclear when Utley could return, although sometime before the All-Star break seems like a good bet.

"I really can't say," he said.

Right wrist OK, Howard in starting lineup

WASHINGTON -- Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard left Nationals Park on Wednesday night carrying a container of ice and his right wrist bandaged.

He had been hit with a pitch in the fifth inning in their 3-2 victory over the Nationals, and he needed to ice his wrist back in his hotel room. The ice must have helped because he was in Thursday night's lineup against the Nationals.

Howard took batting practice as normal before the game.

Mayberry, Gload await chance to start

WASHINGTON -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has started Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Raul Ibanez and Ben Francisco in every game this season.

He said he would like to get John Mayberry Jr. and Ross Gload each starts in the near future, but he is unsure when.

"That becomes hard," Manuel said. "We sit and talk about that all the time. Hey, if you want me to play all my bench players at one time, I'll do that. I guarantee I won't be working very long. People always have advice for you, but the main ticket is winning.

"Phillies baseball didn't get great because we lost. Phillies baseball is good because we win. Don't ever forget that. Yeah, I've got to get guys some playing time because if they're going to help us at all, they need to play some."