By on February 15, 2013


Earlier this week Howard works on some throws to the second (EDDIE MICHELS PHOTO)


CLEARWATER, Fla.—Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard wants to play all 162 games this season after an injury shortened 2012.

“I want to play all 162 games,” said Howard at a press conference on Tuesday, “If Charlie (Manuel) wants to mix in an off day then that’s okay.”

As to 2012 Howard said, “Last season I just tried to go out and do the best I could.”

Howard’s 2012 season was shortened by surgery to repair his left Achilles which he injured making the final out during the 2011 NLDS.  He still contributed to the Phillies late season run at a wild card driving in 56 RBI with 14-homers over 71-games.

The injury isn’t a concern this spring for the 33-year old Howard who was the Phillies fifth round pick in the 2001 draft.

“My Achilles is a non-factor,“ said Howard, “Not even a second thought on my mind but the speed we will have to see. ”

As to his age (33) Howard has a plan.

“You have to make adjustments, have a game plan as long as you have an approach to the guy (pitcher) you are facing.  I’m just going to stay healthy and compete the best I can.”

Looking towards the 2013 season Howard states, “It sets the tone for this year, myself, Chase (Utley) and Doc (Halladay) being healthy.”


NOTES: Howard did play 162 games in 2008 with a league leading 48 homers and 146 RBI and the Phillies did win the World Series. …Howard was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2005 despite playing just 88-games. …In 2006 Howard was the NL MVP with 58-homers and 149 RBI.

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