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Utley the future third baseman for Phillies?

CINCINNATI -- If Chase Utley's move to third is imminent, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel isn't divulging it.

Utley fielded some ground balls at third base again before Tuesday's game with the Reds, but Manuel said there wasn't much to read into that.

"He's taking ground balls there, that's what he's doing," Manuel said. "[Heck], when I was a player, I played right field most of the time, and I'd take ground balls at shortstop, third, first. I'd take a lot of ground balls sometimes."

With the Phillies most likely in need of an everyday third baseman next season, Utley said he would be open to a move to the hot corner.

Utley, who began the experiment last week, hasn't played third base since his days at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2002.

CINCINNATI -- If Chase Utley's move to third is imminent, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel isn't divulging it.

Utley fielded some ground balls at third base again before Tuesday's game with the Reds, but Manuel said there wasn't much to read into that.

"He's taking ground balls there, that's what he's doing," Manuel said. "[Heck], when I was a player, I played right field most of the time, and I'd take ground balls at shortstop, third, first. I'd take a lot of ground balls sometimes."

With the Phillies most likely in need of an everyday third baseman next season, Utley said he would be open to a move to the hot corner.

Utley, who began the experiment last week, hasn't played third base since his days at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2002.

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