(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Phillies are in dire need of good news and they got that yesterday. First baseman Ryan Howard confirmed via Twitter that he will make his long anticipated return with the team tonight when the Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves.
“Excited to be back in Philly tomorrow,” Howard tweeted yesterday.
Howard has been out of action all season because of a ruptured Achilles suffered during the team’s final out in their Game 5 NLDS loss to the St. Louis Cardinals this past October.
He suffered a setback earlier in the spring, but has been doing quite nicely during his rehab stint. In seven rehab games, Howard hit .500 (10 for 20) with a home run, two doubles, ten RBIs, and five walks. Despite the severity of the injury, Howard feels ready to contribute at the Major League level.
“I’m Major League ready,” Howard said Thursday night. “I’ve been there already, but being back up there to play — I feel like it’s pretty close.”
Howard’s lineup will give a much needed boost to a struggling Phillies team, which is currently in last place in the NL East. Last season they led the Majors in wins.
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