(TheSpread) - The Philadelphia Phillies and their fans received some good news Sunday as it was announced that star second baseman Chase Utley, an integral piece of their offense, will be activated from the disabled list Monday.

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Utley has been sidelined all season with knee tendinitis and will surely be a boost to the Philadelphia offense. The Phillies boast of arguably the best starting rotation in baseball, but offensively Utley is perhaps the missing piece that they need to realize their full potential.

The Philly second baseman batted .275 with 16 home runs in 115 games last season. In 2009, he hit .282 with 31 home runs in 156 gams.

Utley played in nine rehab games to prepare himself and hit .281 with one home run.

To make room, the Phillies placed starter Joe Blanton on the 15-day disabled list. He is 1-2 with a 5.50 ERA this season.

Philadelphia opens a series Monday against Cincinnati. The Phillies are currently 28-18 and 1.5 games ahead of the Florida Marlins in the National League East.

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