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Ryan Howard expected to return from disabled list Friday

Jul 5, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

Ryan Howard

UPDATE: Ryan Howard confirmed on his Twitter account that he will rejoin the Phillies on Friday.

Read more details regarding Howard’s return on

10:30 PM: According to Todd Zolecki of, Howard is now “likely” to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow to play against the Braves.

5:32 PM: Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel spoke to the Philly media today, and the news nugget of note is that tonight might be Ryan Howard’s last rehab game. Or tomorrow night. Point is, Howard’s time in the minors is almost over and he could be in Philly as soon as this weekend. Here’s Ryan Lawrence from the DelCo Times:

Ryan Howard is scheduled to play nine innings at first base at Triple-A Lehigh Valley tonight.┬áThere’s a possibility his next game will be in Philadelphia.

Prior to the Phillies game in New York Thursday, manager Charlie Manuel said Howard will be re-evalauted following tonight’s game with the IronPigs. He didn’t rule out a return this weekend for the former MVP.

Amaro added that he thinks Howard is ready, but that they have to see how he does tonight.

It’s worth noting that Howard hasn’t played back-to-back games in the field since beginning his rehab assignment. He will tonight and tomorrow, however.

Offensively speaking, Howard has been fantastic, going 8 for 17 with a homer, two doubles and nine driven in.

  1. pickelback - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    That photo still makes me laugh…

  2. dkphilly1122 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Howard’s in the Phillies lineup tomorrow night against the Braves. Hopefully him and Utley start sparking like old times.

  3. 78mu - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Good luck to him.

  4. schmedley69 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Unfortunately, Howard’s rescue of the Phillies is about as timely as the Carpathia’s rescue of the Titanic. The ship has already sunk.

    • leerosenthall - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Yes, that little stool is looking a lot like a deck chair in need of rearranging. I imagine the boys waxing nostalgically for 2011 vintage Ryan Madsen as the ship is going down.

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I hope Howard put on 50lbs since we last saw him, i want to see him blow up into a bigger balloon then he already is

  6. foreverchipper10 - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Looks like I will get to see him play tomorrow. Can’t wait to get booed by all the Phils fans whilst I walk around sporting Braves gear.

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