Chase Utley said there's still no timetable on his return, but he was encouraged that he is at least able to take the next step and head to Clearwater, Fla., to start playing in extended spring training games.

The Phillies' second baseman has not played this season after suffering from soreness in his left knee. His right knee, which caused him to miss the first seven weeks of the season in 2011, has bothered him as well. Utley has spent the past several weeks working out with the team after spending most of April in Arizona working out at a training facility.