JP Howell joined the Stone Crabs for a two game MLB rehab assignment in early 2011. Recovering from a shoulder injury, Howell pitched in two games for the Stone Crabs. He threw two innings total and did not allow a run while getting 2 strikeouts.
Howell was the first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2004 draft. After three seasons in the Royals organization, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in June 2006.