Howard Takes Another Big Step Tonight

29 Jun

After going 2-4 with a SAC fly and 3 RBIs in a 7-6 win on Thursday night, Ryan Howard will continue his rehab assignment with the BlueClaws on Friday night at FirstEnergy Park.

The hits are nice, but the best sign from Howard was when he beat out the throw on an infield single he hit.  The big man was running hard!

The power will come back to Howard with time.  He’s got tremendous upper body strength, so he’ll be able to muscle the ball for this season, and next season his legs will extend that power.  What you want to look for his his stability.  He’s not going to be able to be as explosive out of the box, and running the bases.   That’s going to take time, and hopefully he can get back to where he was.

It will be exciting to see how long he plays in the field tonight.

– Side Notes

  • Ryan Howard’s game-worn Phillies baby-blue jersey (pictured above) from last night’s game was actioned off  for $4,900 for BlueClaws Charites.  Pretty cool!

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3 Responses to “Howard Takes Another Big Step Tonight”

  1. mlblogsbarbward June 29, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I caught the highlights last night. I must admit that I was excited to see him play. Hope he gets back to the team soon. He can only add good things. That is pretty cool about the jersey :)

  2. mlblogsyossif June 29, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Is it just me, or did Howard put on a few pounds since his last MLB game?

    • Phanatic Addict July 1, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      I guess that’s what happens when you can’t really exercise like you used to. From what I gather they didn’t really want him using a elliptical machine, for fear of re-injuring himself.

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