Howard Out … But For How Long?
“Ryan Howard saw Dr. Myerson on Monday. As you know Dr. Myerson did his surgery in October. When (Howard) was up there, Dr. Myerson did a small procedure to basically clean out his sutures and clean out this wound that he has. Dr. Myerson has consulted with infectious disease doctors. Ryan is going to be placed on antibiotic medication. We’ll be consulting with Dr. Myerson later today and in the next couple days about how this is going to affect the rehab program. The biggest thing right now is we have to protect the wound and make sure that the healing occurs, then begin to move forward from there.”
Q: So he’s inactive for at least a few days?
A: He’s going to be inactive for a few days, yeah. He’s going to be back here later today, and we’ll keep on treating him here.
Q: A lot has been made of the word “setback.” Can you consider this a setback?
A: I don’t prefer to use that word. I know that’s what everybody wants to use. We had never established a particular time frame for him, and right now it’s one of those things that happens in the rehab process. We just have to move forward from it.
Q: How did Dr. Myerson say he liked the integrity of the Achilles?
A: Good question. That was our biggest concern going into this, and that was one of the things during the procedure that he confirmed. The Achilles tendon is intact and not compromised.
Q: So is that good news?
A: That’s great news.
Q: So is the overall good news?
A: I don’t think anytime you have an infection that’s good news, but I think from the standpoint from the things that could happen and didn’t happen, whatever, we’re pleased that the biggest thing is the Achilles is intact. There was no compromise of that.
Q: Roughly, when do you think he could resume activities?
A: I have no idea yet. We plan to talk to Dr. Myerson over the next couple days, see how he responds to the antibiotics and we’ll go from there.
Q: Are we talking weeks or days?
A: I truly don’t know that answer.
Q: He had been running straight ahead, etc. I’m sure you had a timeline when you’d begin other drills. That’s got to push that back, right?
A: The things that Ryan had been doing right now were very good. We had already done some basic cutting stuff with him. We’re hoping we can kind of move forward from here it won’t push us back too much.
Q: Did they stitch the wound?
A: Yeah, it’ll be just like a new wound. That’s why we’re going to have to protect that healing area. So there will be some days where we just need to make sure that continues to heal and that we don’t really set ourselves up for any problems down the line.
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