Howard Is Back
Ryan Howard stepped into the visitor’s clubhouse at Tropicana Field today to find Shane Victorino and Milt Thompson using socks as makeshift masks to protect themselves from the scary viruses Howard has been carrying the past few days.
Howard rejoined the team today after twice spending time in the hospital over the weekend with acute sinusitis.
He is in the starting lineup tonight against the Rays. He will DH.
Chris Coste will play first base.
“Am I 100 percent?” Howard said. “No, but I’m a lot better. I’d probably say about, 75, 80 percent. Right now it’s just mostly congestion. Those two days really helped as far as getting better.”