Phillies activate 1B Howard

7/6/2012 12:00:24 PM

Howard has been on the disabled list all year after tearing his left Achilles tendon in the last at-bat during the 2011 NLDS against St. Louis. He underwent offseason surgery, and the Phillies have used several players as placeholders playing first base in a disappointing 2012 campaign.

After slugging .488 -- the lowest of his career -- in 2011, Howard figures to give the offense a power boost as he returns. So far this season, Phillies first basemen have slugged .414, which is 17th in the majors but a far cry from the customary results.

During his seven-game rehabilitation assignment, Howard batted 10-for-20 with two doubles, one homer and five walks.

In 152 games last season, the normally-durable Howard batted .253 with a .346 on-base percentage to go with 33 homers.

To make room for Howard on the 25-man roster, the club optioned infielder Hector Luna to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.