Phillies Notes: Phillies' Howard to begin baseball activities

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who had left-knee surgery July 10, will begin baseball activities Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. Yong Kim / Staff Photographer
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who had left-knee surgery July 10, will begin baseball activities Thursday in Clearwater, Fla. Yong Kim / Staff Photographer (Daily News/Inquirer)
Posted: August 22, 2013

First baseman Ryan Howard, who had left-knee surgery July 10, will begin baseball activities Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Speaking before Tuesday's game with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, Proefrock said that the baseball activity would consist of a hitting program, taking ground balls, and jogging.

Howard has reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds.

"I know he is working hard," Proefrock said. "From everything I hear from people down there, he is in good spirits as well, and that is equally important."

There is no timetable for a return by Howard or centerfielder Ben Revere, who has been on the disabled list since July 14 with a broken right foot. He underwent surgery July 16.

"I don't know whether Ryan or Ben will be back on the field here or in Florida, but the expectation will be they will be back on the field somewhere before the end of the season," Proefrock said. "Whether it is up here or playing in the Instructional League, I don't know."

Neither will be rushed back.

"I think the main thing for both of them is to get them to the point where there are no surprises in spring training next year," Proefrock said.

Proefrock said that Revere was also coming along.

"Revere is back and weight-bearing," Proefrock said. "He has made good progress and threw away his crutches, I guess [Monday]."

Lannan out

Lefthander John Lannan, who was placed on the disabled list Aug. 16 with left-knee tendinosis, is "most likely done for the year," Proefrock said.

He said that Phillies doctor Michael Ciccotti has recommended surgery. Lannan will be getting another opinion next week.

Lannan spent two months earlier this year on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee.

Stutes update

Righthander Michael Stutes, on the disabled list since June 23 with tendinitis in his right bicep, is long-tossing, but he hasn't been on the mound.

"He is making good progress," Proefrock said. "Once he gets closer to getting back on the mound, we will have a schedule for him."

Finally . . .

Lefthander Joe Savery, on the DL since July 23 with stiffness in his left elbow, will be going on a rehab assignment this week. Proefrock said it would probably take place in Florida.

Proefrock also said that Mike Adams, who had shoulder surgery, continues to rehab.

"We expect him to be ready for spring training," Proefrock said.


Contact Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @sjnard.

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