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Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:30 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Phillies slugger Ryan Howard tore his achilles tendon on his final at-bat of the season, a groundout that ended the NLDS against the Cardinals. He then had surgery in the second week of October to repair the injury and -- at the time -- the Phillies seemed hopeful he'd have a really quick recovery.

"A lot depends on how he recovers," said Amaro at the time. "The start of the season could be impacted, but I still hope he makes his first at-bat of the season."

Fast-forward to January 31, and here's what Amaro has to say about Howard's recovery:

"I think [opening day] is more than a reach," said Amaro (via MLB.com). "If he's back by sometime in May, I'll be happy."

Initially, Amaro set the timetable of recovery at five to six months and sounded hopeful for opening day, though some injury analysts said a nine- to 12-month recovery was more likely. If Howard gets back on the field nine months from his surgery, he'll be playing right after the All-Star break in July and 12 months would have him missing the entire regular season. So if Howard is actually able to get back in May, that's still a very fast recovery. Judging from Amaro's latest statement, though, the reality is obviously starting to set in: Ryan Howard is going to miss a chunk of the 2012 season. From here, the only determination is whether he misses a small chunk or a large one.

Howard, 32, hit .253/.346/.488 with 33 home runs and 116 RBI for the Phillies this season. He begins a five-year, $125 million contract next season.

Without Howard, it appears the Phillies will use Ty Wigginton at first base, though Jim Thome and Laynce Nix are also options.

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Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

This team is going nowhere. Too old, no hitting and weaker pitching with Oswalt and Lidge gone.

Please tell me you are joking with the Oswalt and Lidge comment

Oswalt can still be an effective pitcher.  Just not for $16M.  Lidge still throws a nice slider.  The problem is it's the only pitch he's got.  If it comes in high, it will hover over the plate much like a beach ball.  If it comes in low, the hitter needs only to take it.  Bottom line... 



...Brad, thanks for 2008.  Don't let the door hit you on the way out.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

Asheville,

This team is going nowhere. Too old, no hitting and weaker pitching with Oswalt and Lidge gone.

Please tell me you are joking with the Oswalt and Lidge comment.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:34 am
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

Sorry but I do not believe Jim Thome is really an "option" at first base.  Thome and the rest of baseball recognized years ago that his days in the field are done -- since 2005 he has a total of 57 games where he has appeared in the field, 52 of those in 2005 and only 1 since 2007 (1 game at 3B, with 0 fielding chances, in 2011).  I like Thome but in the NL he is nothing but a PH, he is not a 1B anymore.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:36 am
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

As long as he is not rushed back to were he is ineffective I don't care when he come s back.  Maybe if he comes back a little later in the season he will be hot aai for the play-off run and hopefully stay hot for the play-offs. Jim Thome, Nix or Wiggington are all capable of playing first base.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:44 am
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

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Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:23 am
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

hey Bigbangtheory17--- what a small world it is. I had the elder Nicholas do BOTH my achilles back in the early '70s. He was the Jets and Eagles Ortho at the time. Mine weren't torn, they actually had to tear them because they wouldn't grow with my body. At that time, I was shut down permanantly from playing football for the fear of being hit in back of legs could rupture the achilles and cause perminant damage. talk about a horrible year, try having 2 knee high casts(plaster back then only) from May-October when you are 9 yrs old.

As far as Howard goes, I don't expect much from him this year. I think if Dominic Brown has a strong spring they put him in left and Mayberry at 1st and I think we will see a lot of Wigington at 3B. Achilles are such a tight tendon as it is, Howard is going to have trouble with his stride as he swings. There is some good that can come from this though, he will probably be hitting opposite field again a lot because I am sure his stride will shorten which will allow him to wait on some balls just that much longer sending it to left. We all know when he is hitting opposite field he is a total beast.

Hey Matt--Great job with all the responses


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Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:24 am
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

Why title it Maybe Back In May, and not be able to provide anything to support your title? You had me fooled into reading an article, because May certainly would be big news if there was any hope of it. Howard is a big man and that tendon won't heal for baseball any faster than 10 months from surgery. After that, Howard needs time to get ready to play baseball. If the Phillies were smart, they would let Howard take the year off, just like the Phillies front office decided to take the year off. This team is going nowhere. Too old, no hitting and weaker pitching with Oswalt and Lidge gone.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:44 pm
 

Ryan Howard update: Maybe back in May

It seems that John Mayberry is the better choice at first than Wiggington.  He has power (his HR per 9 innings last year were equivalent to Howard's numbers), he is really fast (which gives you dynamism on the bases), and he would be a much better glove at 1B than Ty.

This is the lineup i would like to see:
SS Rollins
3B Polanco
CF Victorino
2B Utley
RF Pence
1B Mayberry
LF Nix/Pierre/whoever
C Ruiz

JRoll-Polly-Victorino gives you a lot of dynamism at the top and chances for small ball.  JRoll and Victorino are switch hitters, there is a lot of speed, Polly os a great contact hitter and Victorino has some pop.  You could play hit-and-run, steal, look for an extra base hit, etc.  Then you get to the power in the lineup with Utley, Pence (who hit 5th well last year), and Mayberry at 6, which os perfect.  All of the pressure is off, and he can sit back on a fastball and drive one.  Then comes Nix (or whoever)  and Ruiz, who is capable of hitting .300.

What the lineup is missing is the big thump--the 40+ HR guy.  Utley can provide that, but he now seems more of a 30 HR guy now.  Pence is a 25 HR guy, and Mayberry likely projects that way too.  But if you need a big blast, you can have Thome off the bench, or, hopefully, Ty can give you that too.

I think it is a lineup that would do some real damage--more of a 1980s Cardinals approach than what we've had in Philly recently, but hey, the '80s Cards went to multiple WS and got a ring!!  

      
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bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:49 pm
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