CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Chase Utley’s batting average and slugging percentage have dropped each season since 2007. He’s played in fewer games the last two years and spent more time on the disabled list.
Is the five-time All-Star on the decline?
“I’m always looking for ways to improve. I haven’t come to the conclusion that I need to change things,” Utley said after the Philadelphia Phillies practiced on Thursday. “I think what I’m doing now is putting me on track to contribute like I have in the past.”
The biggest question surrounding Utley is his health. The second baseman missed the first 46 games last season because of a right knee injury. Though he returned in late May, Utley clearly wasn’t himself. He batted just .259 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs in 103 games.