Seventeen days ago, we reported that Ryan Howard had begun taking batting practice in his attempt to return from last October’s Achilles injury.
We can report that this is still happening! Bob Brookover:
Howard, recovering from a long stretch of inactivity caused by an infection near his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon, participated in what assistant general manager Scott Proefrock called “a simulated game” Wednesday in Florida.
In essence, Howard took live batting practice against organizational pitchers who are in the extended spring training program.
“It’s a chance for him to see some pitches with some velocity rather than just having a coach throw to him,” Proefrock said.
It doesn’t appear that Howard is very close to playing in actual games, even at extended spring training. He’d have to do that, then probably go on a rehab assignment, before returning to the Phillies.
Seventeen days ago, we reported here that Howard was “targeting late May or early June for his return.” It would appear that timetable is going to have to be extended.