One item has been crossed off the Phillies' to-do list as the season winds down: Chase Utley will not play third base in a game.

"It's kind of on hold, I guess," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said early Friday night. "He made progress [in workouts at third base.] It's more a matter of practicality and what's really best for the team."

Amaro added that having the option of playing Utley at third base next season "was helpful, but I don't know if it's an option that makes us better."

Amaro went on to say to the team could look at Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen at third in spring training. He added that it was also possible that the Phillies could look outside the organization for a third baseman this winter.

Knowing that the team would need a third baseman next season, Utley approached team officials last month and asked if he could start taking ground balls at the position during workouts. He had about six intense workouts under the supervision of infield instructor Sam Perlozzo and there were signs that he would play in a game during the final week of the season. Amaro said he believed Utley would have volunteered to play third in the final week of the season had management not put the brakes on the idea Friday.

"After further review, we think this makes sense," Amaro said. "He's doing well over there. But in retrospect, we think it would be difficult to make an assessment on watching him play six games. We're not good enough scouts to make an assessment on six games."