Update on Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard and Chase Utley
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. gave injury updates on Chase Utley and Ryan Howard before Wednesday’s game.
Ryan Howard injured himself last season in the National League Division Series, tearing the Achilles tendon in his left ankle. After having Achilles surgery, Howard began to suffer from an infection, which he is still recovering from.
Howard has a wound that was left after sutures were removed before they were done dissolving.
“It’s not all the way healed,” Amaro said. “That’s the priority right now: Get the wound healed. Once that gets healed up, we’ll be pretty aggressive with him.”
Howard batted .253 last season with 33 home runs and 116 RBIs.
Chase Utley is currently rehabing in Arizona, as he is struggling with chronic knee problems.
“His strength is getting better, too. That was something he wasn’t able to work on when he was kind of in the discomfort mode,” Amaro said about Utley. “His strength is better, he’s becoming more stable and he’s progressing and we’ll know more about it when we see him on the west coast.”
Last season Utley was .259 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 103 games.
Without Utley and Howard, key players in the line-up, the Phillies’ offense has been struggling. After Monday’s game, the team was only batting .198 with a 1-3 record. This is not a result of a struggling pitching staff, as the team’s ERA is 2.48.
There is currently no timetable for Utley of Howards’ return.