Chase Utley had another workout/tutorial at third base Tuesday afternoon.



Four and a half hours before the Phillies played the Reds, Utley was on the field at an extremely humid Great American Ball Park taking ground balls from bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer with first base/infield coach Sam Perlozzo looking on. Pitching coach Rich Dubee caught balls from Utley at first base.

This was the second time Utley has worked at the position in an almost empty ballpark in a week. He suggested to general manager Ruben Amaro that he give the position a try in workouts just to see if it could be an option down the road (see story). The Phillies are in need of a third baseman for 2013. A move from second to third might ease some of the pounding on Utley's knees, but it's too early – way too early – to know if he can even play the position. He played a season at third base in Triple A 10 years ago and made 28 errors. He moved back to second the next year.