5 years ago

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Ryan Howard has already lost "a significant amount of weight" during his offseason conditioning program.

Howard put on some weight while recovering from Achilles surgery and never got back down to where the Phillies would like him to be. He'll have time to return to ideal playing shape this offseason, and it sounds like he's off to a good start. The soon-to-be 33-year-old batted .219/.295/.423 batting line with 14 home runs over 71 games this season.