mpieco wrote:It all depends on the amount of DL spots you have. I have no problem with keeping Ryan Howard on my DL so long as he isn't cutting out someone more worthy.
For example, I'd rather have Daniel Hudson, Chase Utley, and possibly even Michael Morse on my DL over Ryan Howard.
Will Ryan hit when he comes back? Yes. He'll hit some homers and drive in some runs. Especially with guys like Pence/Victorino/Utley batting in front of him (cough*jroll get it together(*cough). I think the issue is when he comes back. I wouldn't expect him back before the all-star break, that's for sure. Could be looking at an early August return, and he should hit about 10-15 HRs from then on.
I'm not sure how accurate that
I haven't read anything about Howard returning post all-star break.
This is the most recent news I have read.
Ryan Howard (Achilles) took batting practice Monday for the first time since February.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. classified the news as "progress." Howard was recently given clearance to ramp up baseball activities at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida. It's not clear when he'll go out on a minor league rehab assignment, but a return in late May or early June is possible provided there are no setbacks.