Ryan Howard to start rehab Friday

Updated: August 20, 2010, 3:14 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies slugger Ryan Howard will start a rehab assignment Friday with the club's Class-A affiliate in Lakewood.

Ryan Howard


The All-Star first baseman has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle since Aug. 2.

Barring any setbacks, Howard will play at Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday and could rejoin Philadelphia on Monday.

Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, was batting .292 with 23 homers and 81 RBIs when he got hurt.

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