If this were a football game, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley would be entering the fourth quarter.

They have rehabilitated their injuries to the point where they can get on a baseball field. Now, it's time to fine-tune their craft as a return to the Phillies' lineup looms like a goal line: in sight, but still off in the distance.

The fine-tuning process put both men on the diamond at Bright House Field on Wednesday morning. Both players batted six times in an extended spring-training game between minor-leaguers from the Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.