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Posted: Monday March 19, 2012 10:50AM ; Updated: Monday March 19, 2012 11:29AM

Phillies say Chase Utley doubtful for opening day

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Chase Utley is doubtful for opening day because of problems with both knees.

That assessment comes Monday from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. At first, the five-time All-Star second baseman was believed to have problems with just his right knee.

Utley hasn't played in a game this spring because of his condition, which forced him to miss all of last spring and the first 46 games of the regular season. He is leaving camp to see a specialist.

The Phillies already are without Ryan Howard. The former MVP is recovering from surgery on his left Achilles and is unlikely to return before June.

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