Frandsen offers glimpse into Howard's recovery

Frandsen offers glimpse into Howard's recovery

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- During his news conference at Bright House Field this week, Ryan Howard said he had not spoken to many athletes about the left Achilles he ruptured in Game 5 of the 2011 National League Division Series.

If he needs any advice about his recovery, he only needs to walk to the other side of the Phillies' clubhouse.

"I'm an athlete," infielder Kevin Frandsen joked this week. "He knows it."

Frandsen tore his left Achilles during Spring Training in 2008 and missed almost the entire season, although he was playing in rehab games roughly four and a half months following his surgery. Howard had his surgery in October, and the Phillies are hopeful he can be back in their lineup sometime before the end of May.

"How close was I to being 100 percent?" Frandsen said. "I don't know. I had no pain. I had no discomfort."

But Frandsen also said he probably didn't feel the same until "maybe a year, year and a half after [the surgery]."

"It has nothing to do with pain," he said. "It's just tedious work to get all of your explosiveness back. Hitting isn't a problem, although his is the back leg and mine was the front leg. But hitting didn't bother me. He's walking around great. He looks good. His hitting looks good. That's not going to be the issue. My biggest problem was getting out of the box and running."