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Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday.

There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature of the visit, as Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Howard had a little “a little setback” while general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and assistant general manager Scott Proefrock indicated that his visit to Myerson is nothing more than a routine check-up.

“He’s come along good,” Manuel said. “He had a little setback, but the setback is nothing to get alarmed about. It’ll be healed up and he’ll be fine. The doctors and the trainers say he’s ahead of pace.”

“Sometimes they leave a little stitch in to dissolve,” he said. “It’s sticking out and causing a little soreness.”

Keep in mind that Howard was hitting on the field today, so it’s safe to say the Phillies wouldn’t have had him out there if there was any cause for concern.

Barring a significant setback, Howard could be back in the Phillies’ starting lineup sometime in May. Ty Wigginton, Jim Thome and John Mayberry, Jr. are expected to fill in at first base until he’s ready.

  1. bleedgreen - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    I think he’ll be playing EST ball within a week of the regular season starting and is back in the bigs by May 1. No reason to rush him, but no reason to force him to rehab something that isn’t gonna get any better. Hopefully the weight he put on will result in an increase in power again. No reason to keep the weight off if you can’t run anyways, and his power dropped a bit when he lost the weight.

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