Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard undergoes procedure on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon
The Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard might miss some important early games of 2012 Major League Baseball season as he recently had a procedure on his surgically repaired Achilles tendon which somehow got infected and the doctors suggested to the management about the procedure. The operation was performed on Monday while the rest of the Phillies' roster is busy training ahead of next regular season in the League.
About the procedure of Howard, the club’s head athletic trainer, Scott Sheridan, said Wednesday with slight details, "I think it's common for the skin behind the Achilles to have trouble healing, I don't know that it's common for the infection to occur. But I do know that the area is a tough area to heal. It doesn't have very good blood supply. I have no idea on that. We'll talk to Dr. Myerson in the next couple of days, see how he responds to the antibiotics, and we'll go from there. The things that Ryan had been doing (until this) were very good. We had been doing some basic cutting with him.”
Phillies' team management has put Howard on the disabled list, but the doctors and his personal trainers are optimistic about his early recovery and describing in the media as he might be playing at the middle of the season.
The late procedure is a good sign for Howard and his game, but staying away from the game can hurt the Phillies franchise in the upcoming season. There is no guarantee as he will be coming into the team again at the middle of the season and if his rest prolonged, the consequences of his absence will place the Phillies in difficult position in the League as well as in their own Division.
Looking at his past stats, everybody knows how talented his game is. He is certainly a good player at first-base and over eight years, he has been playing at top level achieving good stats and honours. On the other, the next few days are critical when the doctors will be revealing some other reports on which Howard’s return determines.