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Phillies Ryan Howard Gets 2 Hits in Return From Achilles Injury

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July 7 (Bloomberg) -- First baseman Ryan Howard had two hits after being activated by the Philadelphia Phillies for the first time this year following offseason surgery on his Achilles tendon.

Howard recorded his hits in four plate appearances last night for the Phillies, who lost 5-0 to the Atlanta Braves.

To make room for Howard, a three-time All-Star, the Phillies optioned infielder Hector Luna to triple-A Lehigh Valley, the team said in a news release.

Howard, 32, ruptured his left Achilles on the Phillies’ final play last year, collapsing while trying to run to first base on a groundout that ended the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

A career .275 hitter, Howard has 286 home runs and 864 runs batted in over eight seasons in Philadelphia.

He played in seven minor-league rehabilitation games, going 10-for-20 with one home run, two doubles and 10 RBI.

The Phillies, who activated All-Star second baseman Chase Utley for the first time this season on June 27, are 37-48, 13 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals in the NL East.

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