Ryan Howard sounded pleased after getting in a workout at the Phillies complex in Clearwater today. “Day one rehab back in Clearwater,” he said on Twitter. “Feels good to be on the grind again. Beast of a workout today.”
General Manager Ruben Amaro said Saturday that Howard would not start hitting for a few days “because he wants to get his legs under him and doesn't want to get in any bad habits." Howard will be taking ground balls and doing other baseball-related work. He has been limited since Feb. 27 when he had a procedure to clean a wound from his initial Achilles surgery. Amaro told reporters that the wound is not completely healed, but was in good enough shape to allow Howard to head to Clearwater for more baseball.
Jimmy Rollins remains in the leadoff spot as the Phillies attempt a series split against the Cubs tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Placido Polanco returns to the lineup after having Sunday off.
Vance Worley (2-1), who has won his last two starts by allowing just one run over 13 innings, is on the mound for the Phillies.
Righthander Chris Volstad starts for the Cubs. The 6-foot-8 former Marlin is 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA this season and is winless dating back to last July. He allowed four earned runs in six innings in a loss to St. Louis in his last start. He is 2-5 with a 5.88 ERA in his career against the Phillies.
Here is the lineup:
1. Rollins, SS
2. Polanco, 3B
3. Victorino, CF
4. Pence, RF
5. Wigginton, 1B
6. Nix, LF
7. Ruiz, C
8. Galvis, 2B
9. Worley, P