Phillies Depending on Bounce-Back Years


Most of the Phillies were enjoying a post-workout sandwich or already had headed to the golf course Wednesday afternoon, but not Ryan Howard. He was back in a batting cage for some extra work.

“We need to get him back to where he was hitting like he was two or three years ago,” manager Charlie Manuel said about his cleanup hitter.

Coming back from left Achilles' surgery in 2012, Howard hit just .219 in 71 games and struck out more (once every 2.9 plate appearances) and homered less (once every 18.6 plate appearances)...

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