The Philadelphia Phillies acitvate Chase Utley

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 31 August 2007 at 10:14 am

The Phillies have activated All-Star 2B Chase Utley from the disabled list.  He is having an outstanding season for the Phillies and he will make their offense even better the last month of the season as the Phillies try to chase down the Mets in the National League East.  Utley has played in 103 games this season for the Phillies and he is 140 for 414 (.338 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 18 homers and 85 RBIs.  To make room on the roster for Utley the Phillies have designated Russell Branyan for assignment.  That is a shame because Branyan played in 7 games for the Phillies and he was 2 for 9 (.222 avg, 1.111 OPS) but both of his hits were homers and he drove in 5 runs.  Also, with Utley back it pushes Tadahito Iguchi to the bench despite how well he played for the Phillies while Utley was out.  He has played in 31 games this season for the Phillies and he is 37 for 119 (.311 avg, .822 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  If the Phillies were smart they would start Iguchi at third base because he’s a much better baseball player than anyone else they play there.


  1. Comment by Bernard — September 2, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Pleeeeeeease move Iguchi to Third base!!! Iguchi has been money in the bank at the plate and let’s not forget he was the starting second baseman for the White Sox when they WON THE WORLD SERIES (Iguchi and Rowand are the only two current Phils to have won the World Series as starters!). I believe this fact alone puts him head and shoulders above anybody we have at third!! Start hitting him ground balls and testing that long throw immediately!

  2. Comment by chinmusic — September 6, 2007 @ 4:51 pm

    I agree Bernard. Wes Helms and Abraham Nunez should not be getting playing time over Iguchi…..period. If you can handle 2B or SS defensively in the majors….then you can handle 3B.

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