Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double Monday in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. The second baseman, who hasn't revealed a timetable for his return, made his return to action as the designated hitter. The five-time All-Star dealt with injuries during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and started 2012 on the disabled list with an injured left knee. "How much he can play is kind of up to him, and if it flares up, that's baseball," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Monday's game. Dodgers: Team purchases Tolleson's contract
Amongst a flurry of roster moves, the Dodgers purchased the contract of reliever Shawn Tolleson from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday to replace Javy Guerra, who hit the disabled list with knee inflammation. Tolleson was last year's organizational Pitcher of the Year and he was promoted to Albuquerque two weeks ago after starting the season at Double-A Chattanooga. In five appearances with the Isotopes, the reliever was 0-1 with a 2.82 ERA. In 22 1/3 total innings, the righty has struck out 34 while holding opposing batters to a .198 average. Manager Don Mattingly compared him to another one of his relievers, Josh Lindblom, who is 2-0 with 25 strikeouts in 25 appearances. "He's here and throwing the ball well," said Mattingly, who added that Tolleson has shown some good stuff. Worth noting
Cliff Lee went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA in the month of June last season. Lee is 2-0 with a 0.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings pitched against the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley went 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA in his first two starts of the season, striking out a combined 15 San Diego and Pittsburgh batters.