Utley tore a ligament in his thumb sliding into second base in a game at Cincinnati on June 28. He had surgery on July 1 and was expected to miss at least eight weeks. But he's expected to be in the lineup for the start of a three-game series against San Francisco on Tuesday night.
To make room for Utley, infielder/outfielder Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment. Dobbs was hitting .191 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 76 games.
Utley is batting .277 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs.