Aug 192010

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard

August 19 Wilmington News Journal

Ryan Howard will begin a rehab assignment Friday at single-A Lakewood, according to the Phillies.

Howard, who has been on the DL since Aug. 2, was eligible to come off on Tuesday but is still experiencing some soreness in his injured ankle.

“There’s some (swelling) but it felt good,” Howard said after working out yesterday. “Tape job’s good, changing direction I’m able to push off a little bit more.”

Howard said he’s improving each day and has continued to increase his running regimen this week.

“I can do everything, it’s just the swelling and there’s still some soreness,” Howard said. “It’s just kind of flushing that out, and I think over time that’s going to continue to go out. As far as limits or anything, there’s really nothing. I’m able to jump, change directions, run, and I actually felt pretty good running (Wednesday).””

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