Phillies' Utley leaves camp to see specialist

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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Chase Utley is leaving Phillies camp to see a specialist about his injured right knee.

The five-time All-Star second baseman hasn't played in a game this spring because of a chronic knee condition that forced him to miss all of last spring and the first 46 games of the regular season.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says "this is a step in that direction." 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.