Howell (shoulder) allowed one hit and struck out two In one inning Thursday for High-A Dunedin, The Athletic's John Lott reports.

Howell is eligible to return to the big-league club once he feels up to the task, and it seems that will happen sooner rather than later. However, Thursday was his first rehab game, and the left-hander will probably require one or two more outings before rejoining the Jays' bullpen. A reasonable expectation for Howell's return would be after this weekend series, when the team heads to Yankee Stadium for a three-game set beginning Monday.

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