Ryan Howard on Track for Friday Return

Still nursing a left quadriceps strain on the DL, reigning NL MVP Ryan Howard hopes to return to the Philadelphia Phillies lineup this week.

Howard said he felt fine after fielding grounders for 45 minutes before the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays and plans to play at Atlanta when he's eligible to be activated this Friday.

Howard is scheduled for a rehab assignment as the DH Wednesday and Thursday for the Class-A Lakewood BlueClaws. He's batting just .204 with six homers and 23 RBIs, and has 39 strikeouts in 98 at-bats - a bit of a slump after hitting .313 with 58 homers last season.

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Sanchez said...

Man, he's gonna have to pick it up a bit otherwise there's gonna be a lot of disappointed 'Howards Homers' this season.