Howard, 33, is one of 11 former AFL players to win a major league MVP award, along with current teammate Jimmy Rollins, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Buster Posey, Dustin Pedroia, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Josh Hamilton, Ryan Braun and Jason Giambi.
Howard, who joined the Phillies for their last series of the season over the weekend in Atlanta, is scheduled to continue his rehab in Florida later this month. He is expected to be 100 percent when the Phillies report to spring training in January.
The Phillies have begun to get their 40-man roster in order in preparation for the offseason. In doing so, they lost two pitchers.
Righthander Tyler Cloyd and lefthander Raul Valdes were claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros, respectively.
Cloyd, 26, pitched himself into a major league job during a memorable 2012 season. He went 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 starts between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley, earning International League Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year honors, along with the Paul Owens Award for the top pitcher in the Phils' farm system in 2012.
But Cloyd went 4-9 with a 5.98 in 19 major leagues games (17 starts) in the last two seasons. Cloyd went 0-4 with a 15.60 ERA in five games (four starts) in September.
Valdes, who turns 36 next month, was 1-1 with a 7.46 ERA in 17 games with the Phillies this season. He was not added to the major league roster when rosters expanded in September.
- Ryan Lawrence