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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard

August 22 Camden Courier-Post

“The Phillies felt that Ryan Howard was ready to play and that Ross Gload wasn’t.

So Howard came off the disabled list after just one game in a minor-league rehab assignment, while Gload, who had been filling in for Howard at first base, went on the DL with a groin strain.

That means rookie Domonic Brown will probably not return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, like the Phillies had intended. They had wanted Brown to get regular at-bats in the minors before rosters expand Sept. 1.

“That would have been nice,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. “But right now, we are trying to win as many games as we can. He has the ability to do some things, even if he’s not playing every day. . . .That gives us the chance to have the best club out there right now.”

Howard went on the disabled list Aug. 2 after spraining his ankle the day before. He played in a rehab game at Single-A Lakewood on Friday. He tested the ankle by sliding into second base on a force play in the first inning. He doubled in the sixth inning.

“He made some turns, slid into second,” Amaro said. “He did some things that gave him more of a functional test of how he was feeling. He said he felt OK.”

Gload, meanwhile, strained his groin Aug. 11, but the Phillies didn’t put him on the disabled list, saying the injury would take a few days to heal.”

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