Philly Sports Live

Phillies Injury Update 2-25-2012

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies held their first full-squad workout Friday at Carpenter Complex, and early in the day GM Ruben Amaro Jr. provided injury updates on a few players:

• Justin De Fratus. He has some soreness in his right elbow, so he will not throw for at least a week. De Fratus said he felt tightness in his elbow last month, and it has not improved. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will evaluate him at some point. “We’ll just slow him down,” Amaro said. “It’s early and we want to be conservative with him.”

• Jose Contreras. He is recovering from right elbow surgery, but he’s thrown two bullpen sessions this week. Contreras said he believes his velocity is returning, and is confident he can stay healthy the entire season. “We were very encouraged with how he threw,” Amaro said. “More importantly, he was really encouraged.”

• Ryan Howard. There has been some talk he could return from his left Achilles injury before May, although that seems unlikely. “If he comes back some time in May, I’ll be happy,” Amaro said. “Ryan’s rehab is going well. He’s going to have good days and some not-so-good days. But he’s doing well and that’s all we can ask. It’s a process we’ll let play out. We’re not in any rush to get him back. It’s important for us to get him back and be 100 percent healthy so we don’t have to worry about it and he doesn’t have to worry about it later on.”