PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07: Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies walks back to the dugout after he flied out in the bottom of the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Five of the National League Divisional Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Ryan Howard Update: Phillies' 1B Could Return As Early As Saturday

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has played six games during a rehab assignment. He could possibly rejoin the team on Saturday, according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.

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Ryan Howard Injury Update: Phillies 1B Could Possibly Return This Weekend, Says GM Ruben Amaro

Philadelphia Phillies Injured first baseman Ryan Howard could make a return to the lineup this weekend, according to general manager Ruben Amaro.

When asked if Howard could return this wekeend, Amaro said, "It's a possibility. I don't know that it's going to happen, but it's certainly a possibility." (via CSN Philly)

Howard has been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Between all of his rehab outings, Howard is 8-17 with a home run, a double, three walks and three strikeouts in six games. Howard has missed the entire 2012 MLB season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles at the end of last season.

Amaro said about Howard's mobility since the injury, "He's not a speedster and he'll probably be a little slower than he was before. He's moving OK. He's had a tiny hitch in his giddy-up I guess, but when he's running full speed he looks pretty smooth."

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Ryan Howard Injury Update: Howard Starts At First Base In Rehab Assignment

Ryan Howard started a game at first base in his minor league rehab stint, according to a report from CSNPhilly.com. Howard hit and ran the bases on Thursday, and on Friday night was ready to start the game at first base. Comments from the Phillies star indicated he was progressing well:

"Getting back into the flow, getting back out there, it was a good start," Howard said. [...]

"Getting the read off the bat, being involved in double plays, that's all part of it. There were some foul balls and I was able to move laterally and get to some things. It felt good."

Howard began his minor league rehab assignment for the Lakewood BlueClaws on Thursday, starting as the DH. He expressed that he did not want to rush things, and is expected to return to the designated hitter position for Saturday's game.

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Ryan Howard Update: Phillies' 1B Set Begins Rehab Stint

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard begins a rehab assignment on Thursday. He could rejoin the team within three weeks.

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