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Philladelphia Phillies Beat Writer Kicked Out, Twice, Of Ryan Howard Rehab Workout

Trying to get the latest scoop on the rehabilitation of Philadelphia Phillies first basemen Ryan Howard, a Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer, Bob Brookover, was shooed away by security and front-office personal last Wednesday in Clearwater, FL.

Brookover, who says he was in Florida checking out single-A prospects and figured he'd see how Howard was progressing as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last October, was asked to leave the extended Spring Training facility twice -- once on Wed. and Thurs.

So, instead of writing a piece on the first-base slugger, Brookover took to the keyboard and wrote about how the Phillies are not allowing anybody outside the organization to watch Howard workout.

More on this story after the jump...

"I just feel uncomfortable having it be a public issue," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr Amaro said to Brookover. "I feel more comfortable - and I feel this way about every single rehab assignment - that we have them prepare for the season in their own private way. You don't have access to them during the course of the offseason, so why should this be any different?"

All-in-all, Brookover found out that nobody knows when Howard is going to return and that when it comes to Philadelphia minor-league security, you don't mess around.

For more on the injury progress of Ryan Howard, make sure to check out this SB Nation Philly StoryStream.