Ryan Howard Cleared To Resume Baseball Activities; Chase Utley Close Behind

Ryan Howard is on his way to the Phillies' Florida training facility and will resume baseball activities beginning on Monday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. Howard has been recovering from offseason surgery after tearing his Achilles on the final play of the Phillies' NLDS matchup with the Cardinals last fall. While he still has a way to go, the fact Howard has been cleared to ramp up his training is a positive sign, perhaps indicating his recovery is moving along nicely.

Salisbury had a quick rundown of what's ahead for Howard in the coming weeks.

Howard will start off fielding ground balls and throwing. He will not hit for a few days, until "he gets his legs under him," Amaro said. Everything that Howard does at first will be under a controlled setting. He will build toward getting at-bats and playing the field in extended spring training games, but there is no timetable for that. Howard has not done any running. He will have to work toward sprinting.

Chase Utley, recovering from knee issues, may also be close behind, perhaps resuming baseball activities in the next week or two. He'll likely follow a similar path as Howard, heading to Florida for more extensive training after being cleared.

For more on Howard and Utley, head over to The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly.

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