After an optimistic opening week, Ryan Howard will reportedly head back north to visit with doctors. Yup. A ruptured Achilles is no joke. [Link]
Beerleaguer: Jim Salisbury says Howard will meet with his original doctor in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday and there seems to be some discrepancy by officials on whether this is a “setback” or not. Decide for yourself. The Phillies have maintained the position that if Howard is back sometime in May, they’d be thrilled. That could be as much as three months away. Even today, he was reportedly taking batting practice and participating in other drills. It’s very encouraging. But rushing back is an unnecessary risk. Even May sounds like wishful thinking.