Phillies Notes: Sandberg: Ryan Howard's return unlikely

Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel continued his farewell tour at Liberty Place in Center City with WPHT radio host Ricky Ricardo.       ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel continued his farewell tour at Liberty Place in Center City with WPHT radio host Ricky Ricardo.       ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Posted: August 25, 2013

On Thursday Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said he felt it would be counterproductive for Ryan Howard to return this season. Sandberg's point was that the first baseman, who had left knee surgery on July 10 and resumed baseball activity on Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., wouldn't be able to get in baseball shape by season's end.

Howard hasn't been the same since suffering a torn left Achilles in the Phillies final playoff game of 2011, a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

On Friday general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had a slightly different view, although he said that it is likely Howard won't return this season. Amaro stressed that Howard wouldn't return unless he was physically ready.

"There is some school of thought to shut him down, continue to rehab and get strength, but at the same time it's probably important for him to get some baseball activities," Amaro said before Friday's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. "Just for him mentally to see how he feels and how he does."

Surgery for Lannan

Even though he is seeking a second opinion, lefthander John Lannan says he will be having surgery on his left knee. Lannan was out for two months earlier this season with a strained quadriceps in his left knee.

He returned to the disabled list on Aug. 16 with left knee tendinitis.

Lannan said he is leaving Aug. 27 to see Neal ElAttrache in California for a second opinion, but realizes he will need surgery.

"I did everything I could and I know it needs to be fixed," said Lannan, who was 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts.

Cloyd on Sunday

The Phillies hadn't announced a starter for Sunday against Arizona, but Sandberg said before Friday's game that it would be righthander Tyler Cloyd.

After being recalled from Lehigh Valley on Monday, Cloyd allowed five earned runs in six innings of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to visiting Colorado.

Pettibone done

A Thursday MRI showed that righthander Jonathan Pettibone has inflammation in his rotator cuff and Amaro says he is likely out for the season because doctors want him shut down for between three to six weeks.

"We will shut him down and don't think there will be any procedures that will be necessary or anything like that," Amaro said. "We just want to be real cautious with him."

Interest in Doc

Roy Halladay makes his third rehab start on Sunday in Reading as he continues his comeback from May 15 shoulder surgery. Halladay will be a free agent after this season. When asked if he is interested in Halladay for next year, Amaro didn't hesitate.

"Of course, we can't shut the door on Roy," he said.

Amaro said that it may not be until sometime next season until Halladay is at his peak efficiency.

Even knowing this, Amaro said, he has interest.


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

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