Both men started the season on the reserve list, with Utley recovering from a broken hand, but a season-ending injury to pitcher Jared Long in an auto accident allowed Waligora to be activated before the first game of the season. Manager Steve Fowler said Utley is ready to take the mound, earlier than expected, forcing him to make a cut to whittle down to the 24-man roster.
With only nine pitchers on the roster, Utley's nasty slider will be a welcome option for Fowler out of the bullpen. The right-hander is the second-youngest son of Bobcat coach Perry Utley.
Long, along with both Perry and Ethan Utley, was injured May 28 in a two-vehicle collision in Hopkins County, Ky. Long's collarbone was broken completely in two, ending his season. Perry and Ethan were banged up in the accident, but were not seriously injured.
Waligora has three stolen bases in as many games for the Bobcats, but is 1 for 8 at the plate with three strikeouts. Reaching on an error in the third inning of Tuesday's game against Owensboro, he stole second and third in that frame. Fowler said Waligora has not decided whether to remain with the team or return home.