Howard in Lakewood

May 22, 2007

Howard Works Out
When the team is on the road, a bus is available to take players from the hotel to the ballpark.  Most of the time, the players get to the park on their own much earlier than the bus, which is listed as 5:00 p.m. on today’s itinerary.

While his teammates were heading for Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL, early this afternoon, Ryan Howard worked out at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ. 

He’ll play (designated hitter) a two-game, minor league rehab assignment there tomorrow (11 a.m.) and Thursday (6:35 p.m.).  Both games are against the Hagerstown Suns, managed by ex-Phil Tom Herr.  Howard is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday in Atlanta.

Howard did some running and stretching under the watchful eye of Jeff Cooper, a consultant on the Phillies Medical Staff.  He took some live batting practice off Ben Pfinsgraff, went through some fielding drills, ran the bases, took treatment from Cooper and iced his left quad.

Trouble with Lefties
With the series against the Marlins starting tonight (7:05), the Phillies will face Scott Olsen (3-3), who owns one win against them this year.  For his career, Olsen is 2-4 vs. the Phils.

Overall, the Phillies are only 5-10 against lefthanded pitchers, having lost their last start against a southpaw, 4-1 to the Cubs’ Ted Lilly on May 13.

Lefty Cole Hamels, on a four-game winning streak, gets the nod tonight against Olsen.  Hamels’ 70 strikeouts are second in the league to San Diego’s Jake Peavy (71).

Minor League Review
A weekly review (May 14-20) of the Phillies minor league system was posted earlier today: http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/team_index.jsp?c_id=phi

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