Chase Utley moved to his left, scooped a ball and threw. He ranged to his right, backhanding a grounder, and dished another throw to first base.

It was a workout Chase Utley deemed "fairly light," and yet it was miles ahead of where he's been.

No, the recovery process hasn't been dramatically accelerated, but Utley is progressing, and the 34-year-old second baseman is inching ever closer to playing in his first games of the year.

"It's good to wake up feeling pretty good," said Utley, who participated in infield drills for the second-straight day Thursday. "That's a good sign."