How soon will Ryan Howard make his return to the Phillies lineup? We could be getting more of a sense for establishing that timeline.
After visiting the mysterious wund specialist, the Phillies have confirmed that Howard's suture wound is starting to diminish, which means Howard could be getting ready to take part in baseball activities in the somewhat near future.
"After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard’s wound has gotten smaller and is healing," a statement from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says. "We’ve been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal. We hope that he will be able to re-start his baseball activities thereafter."
Yeah, we hope a lot fo things right now Ruben. But wait, there's more!
"Additionally, Hunter Pence will undergo a precautionary MRI on his left shoulder (non-throwing) here in Phoenix," the statement continues. "We hope to have the results later this afternoon."
Well, OK. We already knew Pence was banged up and given the history of the Phillies and their key players with injuries, it makes perfect sense to get everything checked out as much as possible. What this means for Pence remains unknown at this stage, but the lineup really cannot afford to lose another bat right now. can it?
Cross your fingers Phillies fans. Cross your fingers.
Vance Worley gets the start tonight in Arizona as the Phillies look to snap a three-game losing streak. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 p.m.