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Ryan Howard Setback Talk Overblown: A Fan’s Take
According to Charlie Manuel, slugger Ryan Howard had to leave spring training due to a setback. That is not the term that fans of the team want to hear. Howard is recovering from a torn Achilles and is expected to return to the field at some point in May. So far his recovery has been the definition of smooth. However, Howard is heading to Baltimore to meet with his physician. Ruben Amaro called the visit a routine one. However, Manuel said there was a setback.
As a Phillies fan, I'm not sure who to believe. But I don't think there is any reason to worry too much at this point.
The important thing to note is that the setback is tied to an infection and not a further injury. While I'm not dismissing the potential risks that come with an infection, I am saying that it is better than the alternative of having the injury aggravated. An infection can be treated and heal without impacting Howard's physical rehab. Assuming that is all that is going on, there isn't a reason for fans to panic.
In reality, the only news here is that Manuel used the word "setback." Obviously, that was a poor choice of words. When you say someone has a setback people are immediately going to assume it is tied to the injury. I first heard this bit of news on the local radio and immediately thought that something terrible happened to his leg. I started thinking that a return in May was never going to happen. As a soon as I read a little more and heard from Amaro, I stopped worrying. Manuel even corrected himself by saying it wasn't anything to be alarmed about.
Despite the confusing lingo of the manager, things seem okay with Howard. He is going back to get checked on and have his infection treated. That is what I believe is happening. He should be back in Clearwater before long and resume his normal rehab routine. I don't see anything that suggests his comeback is being pushed further way. That said, I hope I never hear anything more about setbacks regarding the slugger.
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