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Ryan Howard began his minor league rehab assignment last night

Jun 29, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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Ryan Howard kicked off his minor league rehab assignment last night with Class A Lakewood. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, three RBI and a sacrifice fly while serving as the designated hitter.

Both hits were singles to the right of second base, the second of which he beat out for an infield hit. Howard’s baserunning appears to be a work in progress, but he had plenty of chances to test his surgically-repaired Achilles. He just missed a home run with his sacrifice fly in the ninth. All in all, a good day.

The assumption was that Howard would DH for a couple more games before playing the field, but he’s actually scheduled to play first base today. The 32-year-old slugger figures to need most of his 20-day rehab window to get into game-shape and get his timing down at the plate, but things are looking up for the Fightins. has video of Howard’s at-bats and some post-game comments:

  1. JB (the original) - Jun 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    At least he’s up and movin’. I’d imagine his playing for Lakewood is bumping up attendance there… Using ‘there’ as I have no f’in idea where Lakewood is (no slight intended Lakewoodians (Lakewoodites? Waterwoodies???)

    • ramblingphilliesfan - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Lakewood is just outside of Toms River, New Jersey by the coast. Good to see Howard movin’ again.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    That picture is great. He looks like one of those wacky waving inflatable arm men.

  3. makeham98 - Jun 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Is he the same guy as Lafayette on True Blood?

  4. steelerfan55 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    i was there last night he hit one off the wall and was a 2 rbi double

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