Howard Working Out Without a Boot

Ryan Howard is working out without a boot on his left foot.

The 2006 NL MVP fielded grounders while sitting on a stool and wasn’t wearing the protective boot on the field for the first time since a setback three weeks ago.

Howard had a procedure on Feb. 27 to remove an infection around his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. He was cleared to start light exercises in a boot last week.

It’s still uncertain when three-time All-Star first baseman will return to the Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup, and it’s possible he could miss at least the first two months.

Howard ruptured his Achilles making the final out of last season in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series.

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