Make no mistake about it, the Phillies need some help with the bats. Considering that Sunday afternoon's 5-1 loss to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park marked the 12th time this season the team scored one or fewer runs and the 19th time they have scored two or less, the help can't come soon enough.

Maybe the Phillies will get some help sooner rather than later. Following the loss to the Marlins, injured second baseman Chase Utley said that he was headed for Clearwater, Fla. on Monday with the hope of beginning some extended spring action when he arrives

In Clearwater, Utley will join sluggers Ryan Howard and Jim Thome, both of whom are recovering from injuries and represent a big portion for the Phils' offense. Utley had been working out on his own with the Phillies for the past several weeks, but now wants to test it out with some hitting.

"I've made some strides over the past few months and I'm ready to take the next steps," Utley said after Sunday's game.