The Phils have reported that Ryan Howard have suffered a slight setback in his rehab from his Achilles tendon surgery as he had a procedure performed in Baltimore to clean out an infection to the original wound which will require him to stay off his feet for a few days. But, other than that in the big picture, according to Scott Sheridan, the Achilles is intact and have not compromised.
What happened is that one of the sutures from the operation did not dissolve properly, and have led to an infection, which, in turn, have required some antibiotics be used to clean out the infection. With that, the Phils have told Howard to stay off his feet for a while to allow the antibiotics to work on the infection. The Phils have said that they will consult with foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson in a couple of days to see how this will actually affect his rehab.
Hopefully this will only keep Howard off his feet for a few days, and won’t have a major impact on his rehab. But, as I’d said in the past, I’ll be happy to see him back around mid-to-late May. Take your time coming back, Ryan.
It would seems that last month, while Cliff Lee was home playing catch he felt something wrong along the left side of his body, around the armpit, so, while he was planning to come to the city anyway, he had the Phils’ team physician Michael Ciccotti exam him, after having first called the team’s athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. The result of the exam was that the MRI discovered a minor strain along the left latissimus dorsi.
The Phils suggested that he do nothing for eight days, which Lee did, and when he pitched from the mound last Tuesday, his session was shorter than the rest, to make sure that there was nothing wrong with him. Other than that, he has been working out with the rest of the pitching staff, waiting for his opportunity to pitch in his first spring training game.
Okay, now I see nothing wrong with the Phils being careful with Lee, especially after spring training of last year when he was a member of the Mariners, in which he got injuried, and missed the start of the 2010 season. But, if the man himself says that he is right now feeling fine, let take his word for it, unless something else proves otherwise. I’m going to give Lee, and the Phils, the benefit of the doubt until his left side, or some other part of his anatomy, really start giving him problems. Until then, I’m not going to listen to the talk about his ‘injury’ since he is not injured. All that will do is waste too much of my time with needless worry.