Ryan Howard missed his first opportunity to put his Twitter to good use… instead the team provided an update on Piece’s visit to the Baltimore-based surgeon who performed his Achilles surgery, Dr. Mark Myerson.
Howard needed to have a small procedure to remove stitches from what had become an infected area. There’s no damage to the all important Achilles, but since a new wound has to heal, there’s no timetable for his return to action, whatever action is for him right now. [Full Q&A with team trainer Scott Sheridan here]
Perhaps the infection explains this tweet from Piece’s fianceé, Krystle Campbell, on Sunday…
… or maybe she just really likes her cat.
Other news: Shane Victorino gave some extremely positive comments to Jayson Stark when asked about his impending free agnecy (earlier, he had told Phillies.com reporter Todd Zolecki that he “doesn’t plan on going anywhere”): [ESPN.com]
"What that statement was saying," he said, "was that I'm willing to give up free agency. A lot of guys won't. In the game of baseball, free agency is what every major league player dreams of. You want to maximize your value, and of course I do, too. But what's important to me is, I want to be here. I love playing here. My family loves the city. I love the city. So when I made that statement, that's what I meant."
Per CSN's Jim Salisbury, you can listen to the Phillies-Florida State game on the school's website.