Howard Is Back
There is a great tool at Baseball Reference that tells you how many times Charlie Manuel has used a specific lineup this season.
He has had Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz — otherwise known as the Opening Day lineup — together just seven times, according to the site. That number should hit eight tonight against the Nationals because the Phillies just announced they have activated Howard from the DL. They placed Ross Gload on the DL (strained right groin) to make room for Howard on the 25-man roster.
That means Domonic Brown likely will not be headed to Lehigh Valley, unless they suddenly decide to bring back Greg Dobbs, who just accepted his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
So the band is back together again, and they’ll get to do their thing tonight against Stephen Strasburg.