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Ryan Howard homers in rehab game, nears Phillies return

Jul 4, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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It’s unclear if Ryan Howard‘s surgically repaired Achilles’ tendon is ready to handle playing in the majors again, but his bat sure looks fine.

Howard went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in a minor-league rehab game yesterday at Triple-A and is now 8-for-17 (.471) with a homer, two doubles, and nine RBIs in six rehab games overall.

His homer yesterday came off former big leaguer John Maine, who’s now pitching at Triple-A for the Yankees, and John Finger of CSNPhilly.com reports that Howard also played seven innings defensively at first base without any issues.

For now he’s scheduled to play Triple-A games Thursday and Friday, at which point Howard could be cleared to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Phillies for the first time since tearing his Achilles’ tendon making the final out of last year’s NLDS.

  1. Gonzo - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    C’mon, Big Brown. We need you in the worst kind of way.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Howard will definitely boost the lineup. The Bullpen is still the Achilles Heel though…

    • paperlions - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Har har

  3. nflfollower - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I will refrain from a fantasy comment.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Yes please, we do not need to know your fantasies involving Ryan Howard.

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