CSNPhilly.com Phillies insider Jim Salisbury reports that Ryan Howard is heading to Philadelphia today to have his surgically repaired left ankle examined by a specialist for the second time this week. [Link]
According to the report, if his infection has cleared and the wound healed, Howard could be given the green light to accelerate baseball activities, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro told Salisbury. Read the rest here. ... Meanwhile, the Phillies kept their winning streak alive at Petco Park, but continue to feel the loss of Howard. Vance Worley fanned a career-high 11 strikeouts, and Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon locked down the eighth and ninth, in guiding the Phillies to a 2-0 victory over the Padres Thursday night. The Phils banged out their runs on a Jimmy Rollins sac fly in the first and an unearned run on a passed ball in the ninth.The Phils have won 12 straight games at Petco dating back to 2008.