05/21/12 8:19 PM ET
Amaro: Utley, Howard improving every day
By Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
Utley has been out with chondromalacia (soft cartilage under the knee cap) in his left knee, while Howard is in Clearwater, Fla., rehabbing from surgery on his left Achilles tendon.
"I don't think the player knows, I don't think our doctors know and I don't know when they're going to be back," Amaro said. "Hopefully soon, as soon as possible.
"They're both getting better every day it seems."
Amaro said he did not know if one player was ahead of the other in their rehab. Utley has been with the club and has taken ground balls in batting practice a few times in the last week.
"I don't know, because Chase could come to me and say, 'I'm ready to go play some games right now,'" Amaro said. "I don't know that, because I don't know how he feels on a day-to-day basis. It changes. So all I know is right now he's progressing. He's doing more things than he did a couple weeks ago. That's all we can kind of go by."
Worley seeking second opinion on elbow
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies right-hander Vance Worley was in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday to seek a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedist James Andrews, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Worley, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with elbow inflammation, said Sunday that he had hoped to begin throwing in the next couple days.
In a pregame meeting with reporters, Amaro did not have any update on the results of Worley's Monday visit.
"He has a small body that is embedded in the lining of his joint, which we don't think is the reason why he had inflammation, but it's possible," Amaro said. "This is something that's not very uncommon."
Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts before going on the DL. Kyle Kendrick has taken his spot in the rotation and started Monday's game against the Nationals.
Rollins away from team after wife gives birth
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins was not in the lineup Monday after his wife, Johari, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, late Sunday night. The Phillies' shortstop wasn't available to play in the game.
Freddy Galvis moved to shortstop, while Mike Fontenot started at second base. Placido Polanco, who was held out of the lineup the previous four games with a sore left ankle, was back hitting second. Juan Pierre took Rollins' spot as the leadoff hitter.
Galvis, who has been Philadelphia's everyday second basemen in place of the injured Chase Utley, was hitting .242 with three home runs and 19 RBIs entering Monday.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the question Monday about Galvis' status once Utley returns. Amaro said it's possible Galvis could be a player who bounces around the infield and plays a few times a week, but Amaro also noted he does not want to stunt Galvis' growth as a player.
Galvis, a natural shortstop who has played great defense at second base, also took ground balls at third base in Spring Training.
"He's played pretty darn well," Amaro said. "It's a good problem to have. We'll see. Freddy's a guy who can play several positions. ... Right now, we're just focused on getting those guys back and healthy.
"I would rather have [Galvis] be in a position to be collecting at-bats, because I don't want to stunt the guy's growth. Really, he's been an asset to us, especially defensively. I don't know where we would be without him. That's kind of strange to say, but think about it."
Amaro mum on negotiations with Hamels
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the lines of communication with Cole Hamels' agent, John Boggs, remain open, but offered no new details on contract negations.
The contract situation for Hamels, who is a free agent at the end of this season, has been a hot topic among Phillies fans.
"Cole's not the only issue that we have right now. We've got a lot of other ones," Amaro said. "We've got a third baseman [Placido Polanco] who's going to be a free agent. We've got a center fielder [Shane Victorino] who's going to be a free agent. We've got a starting pitcher in [Joe] Blanton who's going to be a free agent. We've got another starter in Cole. They're are a lot of pieces to the puzzle.
"[Cole is] one of the priorities. But we're still trying to figure out what we're going to do with our club. He is a priority. There's no question we'd like to keep him. We have a lot of other things to think about, too."
Laynce Nix, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf, will travel with the club on its upcoming road trip, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he's not sure when Nix will return. Amaro did say Nix's soreness and inflammation is starting to go away.
Amaro said Jim Thome played in a simulated game a couple days ago and is "swinging the bat pretty good." Thome is on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back.
"When he gets back, we may pretty soon be starting to get him into some rehab games," Amaro said. "He has not been taking ground balls yet though.
"It's reasonable to think Thome might be back for the upcoming Interleague Play games on the road where the veteran can be the designated hitter."
Philadelphia plays at Baltimore, Minnesota and Toronto from June 8-17.
Right-handers Michael Stutes, David Herndon and Justin De Fratus will be evaluated Tuesday by team physician Michael Ciccotti. Stutes (right shoulder inflammation), Herndon (right elbow inflammation) and De Fratus (sprained right elbow) are on the disabled list. It is possible Ciccotti could recommend the beginning of a throwing program for one or more of them based on Tuesday's visit.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.