Game 46: Ryan Howard returns

Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

MIAMI — The cortisone injection in Ryan Howard's left knee apparently worked wonders. The $125 million first baseman is back in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday, one day after head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said inflammation in Howard's knee "concerned us."

The team was unsure whether Howard had a tear in his meniscus. Even so, players can trudge through that injury.

The Phillies need every offensive reinforcement possible. They are scoring 3.49 runs per game, the franchise's fewest since 1972 (3.22). Miami will start phenom Jose Fernandez. The 20-year-old has thrown 13 scoreless innings with three hits and 14 strikeouts against the Phillies.

The full lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Chase Utley 4
3. Michael Young 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Delmon Young 9
6. Domonic Brown 7
7. Ben Revere 8
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Tyler Cloyd 1

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