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03/19/2012 10:20 AM EST

Phillies statement regarding Chase Utley

The Phillies issue the following statement regarding Chase Utley:

"Chase's rehab process has come to a bit of a plateau.  He has made some strides but not enough to take the field.  He is headed out of town for a few days to be evaluated by a specialist that has helped athletes overcome his issue.  We anticipate that this trip will allow him to build on what he has already done with Scott Sheridan in order to get over the hump.  He wants more than anything to be on the field with his teammates and we believe that this is a step in that direction."

Ruben Amaro Jr.
Senior Vice President & General Manager

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