Slumping second baseman
Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said Utley's ankle has been bothering him since January and the six-time All-Star was to receive a cortisone shot Wednesday.
"I've had some good days. More bad days than good days but I felt like I could play through it. I was able to obviously get on the field. I don't think it's been beneficial for me to play on it," Utley said.
Utley had been on the bench for three of the last five games. His .179 batting average is last among the 164 qualifying major leaguers, and he has four home runs and 25 runs batted in.
Utley has 249 plate appearances in the Phillies' first 74 games and his contract includes a provision guaranteeing a $15-million salary for next season if he has 500 plate appearances this year and is not injured or on the disabled list at the end of the season.