Utley cleared to begin swinging bat after breaking hand

Updated: August 20, 2007, 7:55 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- All-Star second baseman Chase Utley has been cleared to begin swinging a bat for the first time since he broke his hand in late July.

Utley also got the green light Monday from hand specialist Dr. Randall Culp to begin throwing without a splint.

A timetable for Utley's return will be set later in the week, but it is welcome news for the Phillies, who trailed the National League East-leading New York Mets by five games heading into Monday night. The Phillies ...

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