Ryan Howard sounded pleased after getting in a workout at the Phillies complex in Clearwater today. “Day one rehab back in Clearwater,” he said on Twitter. “Feels good to be on the grind again. Beast of a workout today.”
General Manager Ruben Amaro said Saturday that Howard would not start hitting for a few days “because he wants to get his legs under him and doesn't want to get in any bad habits." Howard will be taking ground balls and doing other baseball-related work. He has been limited since Feb. 27 when he had a procedure to clean a wound from his initial Achilles surgery. Amaro told reporters that the wound is not completely healed, but was in good enough shape to allow Howard to head to Clearwater for more baseball.
Jimmy Rollins remains in the leadoff spot as the Phillies attempt a series split against the Cubs tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Placido Polanco returns to the lineup after having Sunday off.