PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard answered questions about his recovery from left Achilles surgery after batting practice Wednesday, but Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock also offered several updates on other injured Phillies:
• Roy Halladay (strained right latissimus dorsi). Halladay is throwing off flat ground and is getting closer to throwing off the mound. "There will probably be something of that nature happening over the course of the next week, if he continues to feel good," Proefrock said.
• Mike Stutes (right shoulder inflammation). He had surgery on his shoulder Tuesday, ending his 2011 season. The surgery essentially cleaned out his labrum and rotator cuff, and he will not pick up a baseball for 12 weeks. But Proefrock said Stutes should be ready for Spring Training 2013.
• Laynce Nix (strained left calf). He could begin a rehab assignment sometime in the next week to 10 days, although he still feels some tightness in the calf.
Domonic Brown (sprained left knee). The expectation is he could be playing again in two to three weeks.