“’He's a little bit ahead of where they predicted," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Sunday. "When I look at it, I want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go and that he doesn't have any setbacks. I think talking to him and the doctors and trainers, I think it's a reach to say he's going to start the season, but I don't see him missing a whole lot of time. I can't pin it down. Is he going to miss some time? I'd say more than likely. But how much? I don't think it's going to be a significant amount of time.’”
The Phillies will monitor the situation closely but it was good to see Howard out running and fielding ground balls today.
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