Over the last few weeks, Chase Utley has said that his knees were feeling better and that he believes he's reached "a good place" in dealing with the chronic condition that cost him significant playing time this season and last.

But words only say so much.

Perhaps the best read on Utley's condition is this:

He got his first day off from the starting lineup in over a month Sunday. That's noteworthy considering he could not get on the field in spring training, noteworthy because he was on a two-days-on-one-day-off plan when he came off the disabled list June 27.