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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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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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