Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, long the love interest of our very own MTD, Wednesday was cleared to begin hitting. Utley, who has a .277/.383/.466 slash line in 316 plate appearances but hasn't played since June 28 because of a torn ligament in his right thumb, is hoping to return by the end of the month.
Here's a short conversation with Utley MTD had in his mind when he heard today's news.
MTD: "So, they cleared you to begin hitting? That means you could be back in a few weeks, right?!"
Utley in MTD's mind: "Sure did, fella. I should be back by September 1 at the latest, but like you said the other day, I go 4-for-4 every day in here.
MTD: "You sure do. Yesterday, you hit for the cycle twice. It was a 17-inning game. Sorry, you guys lost. Danys Baez really stinks."
UIMM: "Who? Well, anyway, I'm going to start doing that thing with my back leg we talked about."
MTD: "You had me at "stop stealing my eye black."