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Update on Nix, Stutes, & Herndon

UPDATE — Herndon underwent Tommy John surgery today.

ORGINAL — Keeping with the trend of bad news, the Phillies received more of it today in addition to the Galvis news.

Laynce Nix, who is suffering from a strained left calf, said he felt a pull in his calf when he was running the bases on Tuesday. The outfielder had been playing in simulated games in an attempt to return to the team. Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that Nix would undergo an MRI if see if there is any damage.

Reliever Michael Stutes visited with orothopedist Lewis Yocum on Monday. Yocum and Phillies trainer Michael Ciccoti will meet to discuss the next step for Stutes. He is currently recovering from right shoulder inflammation

Reliever David Herndon visited with renowned orothopedist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. It is likely that Herndon will be shut down and will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. The Phillies haven’t received final word from Herndon if he went ahead with the surgery.

Contreras to start season on DL

Jose Contreras is just flat out not ready for the regular season.

The 40-year-old right-hander had only been pitching in games the last two weeks and he’s shown signs of not being close to being ready, which is no shock. That is why Contreras will likely start the season on the disabled list.

It isn’t a health issue, general manager Ruben Amaro said. Contreras could be back in the line up by April 11.

Contreras is going to continue doing what he’s doing, which is to build up arm strength through constant repetitions.

In Matt Gelb’s tweet, he hinted that the same path could be taken for Michael Stutes, who has been experiencing shoulder stiffness.

Howard cleared to shed boot

The boot is off and the Big Piece is free.

A cheery Ryan Howard spoke to reporters today, cracking a few jokes. It’s a bright and sunshiny like atmosphere in Clearwater despite the dark cloud of injuries that has loomed the past week.

“This new invention called a left shoe. It’s nice,” Howard joked.

Howard is going to look at that walking boot every day and use it as a reminder of how far he needs to go to get back to being one of the best hitting first basemen in baseball.

“I’m going to keep it for a while,” Howard said of the walking boot, which he keeps in front of his locker. “Maybe burn it.”

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Martinez fractures foot

The Phillies got a bit of bad news after today’s game.

Utility infielder Michael Martinez fractured his fourth metatarsal in today’s Spring Training game against the Orioles. Orioles reliever Joe Johnson hit Martinez in the right foot.

He was seen in a walking boot after the game.

With Martinez as the Phillies top utility infielder, that means Pete Orr is going to most likely make the Opening Day roster.

X-Rays negative on Polanco’s finger

Placido Polanco said he is day-t0-day after X-rays came back negative on his left pinky finger.

Polanco jammed the finger diving back into first base on a pick off attempt in yesterday’s game against the Blue Jays. Scott Proefrock described the injury as “a little sprain.”

“It’s a little stiff today and a little swelling,” Polanco said Sunday morning. “I jammed it and it’s day to day. I just have to see how I feel every day.”

Howard restarts rehab

First basemen Jim Thome (left) and Ryan Howard. (AP Photo)

Ryan Howard is not letting the clunky walking boot that’s on his left foot hinder him.

Howard was throwing with trainer Scott Sheridan this morning on the warning track at Ashburn Field at the Carpenter Complex.

“I’m trying to do what I can so when I’m actually out of the boot I can hit the ground running,” Howard told reporters this morning.

Howard had an infection in the wound where he received his first surgery on his torn Achilles suffered in October. He had to have a second operation performed to clean the initial wound and found himself back in the boot.

Originally the Phillies had hoped Howard would be back by May but the setbacks have made that a long shot.

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Injury updates on Polanco, Pence, others

The beat guys got a press release today from the Phillies, which we saw news earlier on Ryan Howard.

Here is the release from Todd Zolecki’s blog, “The Zo-Zone”:

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Howard may have torn Achilles

Phils slugger Ryan Howard is helped off the field after injuring his left Achilles on the final at-bat of the 2011 season. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

In mere seconds, a lot went completely wrong for Ryan Howard.

His ground ball ended the Phillies season in a completely painful way, and more than just heart break. Howard stumbled out of the box after his grounder to Cards second baseman Nick Punto and fell halfway down the baseline in pain.

It’s his left Achilles. And in Howard’s mind, it may have been torn on the play. He will know for sure tomorrow when he gets an MRI on the heel.

“I was trying to run and I just felt this pop,” Howard said. “The whole thing went numb, like it was on fire.”

As many know, Howard had been playing the better part of the second half of the season with bursitis in his foot. Bothering the Big Piece all season, he could barely run the bases. His over-exertion on the final at-bat may have been what caused the injury.

A torn Achilles can be very serious. If it is in fact that, Howard will require surgery and could be shelved for nearly a year.

Imagine a season without Ryan Howard and the complaints will finally subside.

Ruiz takes one in the juevos

I really shouldn’t joke about that seeing as I’ve felt that pain many a time playing contact sports.

Thanks, Bob.

Carlos Ruiz is out of today’s line up with a left (*cringes*) testicle contusion. Yea, you heard that right and I’m sure all of my male readers are groaning and crying just like I am while I type this sentence.

Is it too soon to nominate Ruiz for the 2011 John Kruk award?

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Gelb: Blanton’s season likely done

Matt Gelb tweeted some not-so-great news for starting pitcher Joe Blanton and his injured right elbow:

Blanton’s season was doomed from the start. He was slated the 5th starter on a team filled with All-Star pitcher’s, most of the time being an afterthought to Phillies fans and baseball minds around the country.

Blanton’s season never took off either. He fought through a couple stints on the DL to manage only six starts, compiling a 2-1 record and 5.50 ERA.

Blanton still has one more year on his contract with the Phillies.

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