It’s been a rough couple of off-seasons for Ryan Howard. Other than the fact that his new contract – a five-year, $125 million extension kicks in this season, the big man hasn’t had too much to be happy about. After all, he was the man at the plate when the last two seasons ended, and to add insult to infamy, he suffered a devastating Achilles injury in his final at-bat in the National League Division Series, when he weakly grounded out to end the series – and the season – for the Phillies.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the big man, who received some positive news about his injury on Thursday. From MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki:
Howard had surgery in October to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson examined Howard earlier Thursday and cleared him to begin some strength and power exercises. Howard also will start jogging underwater, and he is likely to begin baseball activities within six weeks. Howard will start by fielding ground balls before progressing to hitting.That timetable places Howard's baseball activities around the middle of February, which is the beginning of Spring Training.