The Big Piece is back.
Can he help save the Phillies' season?
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced after Thursday's 6-5 walk-off loss to the Mets at Citi Field that Ryan Howard, who has been on the disabled list since the season started because of left Achilles surgery, was "likely" to start at first base Friday night against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
"Likely" appears to have changed to "will start at first base." The Phillies activated Howard from the disabled list on Friday afternoon, presumably after he was evaluated following a Minor League rehab game on Thursday.
Howard played nine innings at first base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He went 2-for-3 with one RBI. In seven rehab games with Class A Lakewood and Lehigh Valley, he hit a combined .500 (10-for-20) with two doubles, one home run and 10 RBIs.
The Phillies needed Chase Utley to play back-to-back games at second base before they considered activating him from the disabled list, but they did not need that from Howard.
"He's been progressing pretty good," Amaro said before Thursday's game. "We'll see how he feels after tonight."
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