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Phillies don’t expect Ryan Howard back before July

May 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

Ryan Howard

There’s been a lot more secrecy than firm timetables when it comes to Ryan Howard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally offered some news on the first baseman’s status.

Asked by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com if Howard would be able to return at some point in July, the GM replied: “I don’t believe so. I don’t think so.”

Then, when asked if Howard would return before the All-Star break in mid-July, he said: “I don’t know.”

You know, just in case the Roy Halladay news wasn’t enough to ruin Phillies fans’ week.

Howard tore his Achilles’ tendon making the final out of the Phillies’ season in October and initially there was some hope that he’d be back in the lineup in May, but an infection ruined those plans and slowed his rehab timetable considerably. Seven months later he’s still building up strength in his atrophied calf.

Howard is in the first season of a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

  1. prosourcetalk - May 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    If he’s not back by the beginning of August & Philly isn’t close to contending, then they may as well have him sit the whole year out in order to give him and them the best possible chance of maximizing the next 4(!) years

  2. dirtyharry1971 - May 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    there is no hurry Ryan, you might as well take the season off cause by the time july rolls around the phils will be taking in water like the titanic and cliff lee stil won’t have a win, LOL

  3. bbk1000 - May 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    As a Mets fan I hate the Phillies, but it’s tough to hate Howard, I hope he comes back strong this year, meaning for him.

    That said, the Mets won’t win this year anyway and the Phils are saddled with a bunch of bad contracts..

  4. sasquash20 - May 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    normally takes 11-12 months to come back from that injury, The way this season is going for the Phillies why risk him hurting it again.

  5. Jonny 5 - May 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    DOOM and GLOOM!!!!! The Phills are cooked!!! taking on water!!! Well done!!! stick a fork in them!!!

    Meanwhile the Phillies are 4 games out of first place in the NL east.

    • Joe - May 31, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      Make that 3 games out. A week ago the Braves were in first and now they’re in 4th and only a game ahead of the Phillies. It’s anybody’s division at this point.

      Yeah, “stick a fork in them.” If the Phillies had an actual fork stuck in them every time somebody said that, Cholly’d be sending nine metallic porcupines out onto the field every night. Yet somehow they managed to win 5 out of 7 against the Cards and Mets.

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