The 2012 season has not gone the way the Philadelphia Phillies would have liked it to go as the defending NL East Champions suffered another loss on Thursday after falling to the New York Mets to drop to 37-47 on the year. While there’s no reason to hit the panic button just yet considering there’s plenty of baseball left to play over the next three months, the Phillies could receive a boost on offense with the possible return of one of their stars–Ryan Howard.
Chatter around the Phillies clubhouse is beginning to heat up that Howard could be back in the lineup as early as Friday night against the Atlanta Braves after the first baseman has been playing in games with Class A Lakewood and Triple-A Lehigh Valley as part of the rehab process. Howard tore his Achilles’ tendon on the final out of Game 5 of the Divisional Series against the St. Louis Cardinals and indications at first made it seem like there was a chance he would miss the entire 2012 season.
Obviously, a team like Philadelphia could use all of the help in the world right now to turn things around during this disastrous season and if he can remain healthy–there’s no reason why Howard can’t have an immediate impact. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to Howard, but just to have him back in the lineup would be a huge win for the Phillies.
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