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Ryan Howard not expected back until after All-Star break

Ryan Howard

Injured Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard fields grounders from a stool at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater, Fla., Friday, March 23, 2012. Howard is rehabilitating an achilles injury, suffered on the last out of Game 5 of the National League Division Series. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Ryan Howard is almost ready to play, though it still won’t be for the Phillies anytime soon. According to

Howard will be in Philadelphia Wednesday for functional testing of his healing Achilles. If he passes, he will begin a rehab assignment with Single-A Lakewood on Thursday.

It’ll be a lengthy rehab assignment, manager Charlie Manuel said:

I talked to him yesterday. He’s been doing real good. He’s looking forward to when he can come back. And more than likely I’d say, probably, from the looks of things it will be right – after the All-Star break. ... He’s feeling real good. He told me that when he runs, he’s got a little limp.

Fortunately, Howard does less running than most.