Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 10/28/11
The Phillies have provided the following medical updates:·         First baseman Ryan Howard (ruptured left Achilles) had his stitches removed on October 25 and has progressed to partial weight bearing.  He has begun a rehabilitation program in Philadelphia.·         Third baseman Placido Polanco (sports hernia) had a follow-up exam with Dr. William Meyers on October 26 and is continuing his rehabilitation in Miami.·         Left-hander Cole Hamels had stitches removed from his left elbow (loose bodies) on October 27 and is continuing his rehabilitation program in Philadelphia.  He had a follow-up exam for his hernia surgery today with Dr. Ernest Rosato and has been cleared to progress back to his off-season program as tolerated.·         Right fielder Hunter Pence (sports hernia) continues his rehabilitation program in Philadelphia.  He will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Meyers next week.·         Right-hander Jose Contreras (right forearm strain) was seen by Dr. Michael Ciccotti
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