Ryan Howard has deliberately followed the plan, one that has called for careful and slow progressions. He has yet to play more than five innings in a rehab game at first base, a barrier he could pass Tuesday night in Allentown.
He will play in his sixth official rehab game. Howard told reporters Monday night at triple-A Lehigh Valley he thinks he'll play seven innings in the field Tuesday.
"I think what's going to happen is just see how it feels on a day-to-day basis and just keep going out there and we’ll see what happens," Howard said. "Once you get to the five, seven innings and you get good paces of games — knock on wood — keep the games going kind of the way they’ve been going, and just see how it feels and see if it stands up."
Here is Howard's game log: