LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Ryan Howard played first base against live competition Friday night for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles tendon last October.
Making his second rehab appearance with the single-A Lakewood BlueClaws, Howard went 1 for 2 with a single and a strikeout before exiting the game after the fifth inning against the Hagerstown Suns, a Washington Nationals affiliate. No Suns batter knocked a ball toward Howard, but the former National League MVP said he enjoyed returning to the infield.
"It felt good being able to get the reads off the bat, seeing the double plays, getting throws and everything," Howard said. "It just felt good."