Chase Utley stood in the middle of an otherwise empty Phillies clubhouse, fulfilling another media requirement Monday. He was asked if the session was his last.

“I hope so,” he said with a laugh.

Monday was part of a mini publicity tour for Utley, one the team asked him, and Utley agreed, to do. The 35-year-old second baseman lives in San Francisco in the offseason, working out three days a week in an effort to remain healthy.

Utley played in 131 games last season, his most appearances since 2009. Chronic knee issues limited him to just 83 games in 2012.

Essentially, Utley’s tour serves as a tool to drum up optimism for what looks to be a mediocre upcoming season. Utley appeared on WIP-94.1 on Monday morning and will hold a chat with fans on the Phillies’ official Twitter account this afternoon at 1:30.

“The Phillies suggested and asked I come out here, and I said ‘Sure, I’ll come out there. We’ll talk, we’ll chat a little bit,’ ” Utley said. “But I just want everyone to know we’re excited about this season.”

The five-time All-Star said he’s had a “good offseason” and he’s “excited to get everyone healthy and back on the field.” In 2014, Phillies fans will have “something to look forward to,” and last year was “not as much as fun, as you guys all know.”

It was somewhat unusual that the Phillies brought Utley across the country to seemingly spark excitement and sell some tickets. Plenty has been said, however, about the state of the Phillies.

With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, disappointment or surprise will come soon enough. But it still seems the Phils have plenty of problems to address, both on and off the field.