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Howard Out … But For How Long?

Here’s a Ryan Howard update from Phillies athletic trainer Scott Sheridan:

“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.

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Howard: 5-6 Month Recovery

The Phillies hope Ryan Howard can be back in their lineup in April.

He had surgery this morning in Baltimore to repair a completely torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. Foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson performed the surgery and also administered a PRP injection. The Phillies said the surgery was successful, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement, “It’s going to be five to six months from the surgery until he can play at his accustomed level.”

Howard tore the Achilles making the final out Friday in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

“A lot depends on how he recovers,” Amaro said. “The start of the season could be impacted, but I still hope he makes his first at-bat of the season.”

The Phillies said Howard will be immobilized one to two weeks, and could begin weight bearing and strength in about a month, but that depends on his recovery.

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