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Below is the Ryan Howard Presser from 7/2.
Ryan Howard post game comments 7/2/12 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley
On how he felt facing someone with Major League experience:
It felt good, it felt good. Ortiz was out there he was moving them pretty well, moving them pretty well. You know for me still it’s just a matter of getting settled in. I felt like I saw the ball pretty well. I kind of came forward a little bit with my lower half but kind of made the adjustment that last at bat and I was just searching a little bit but it felt good, all in all it felt good.
Was the double the most promising sign in his rehab so far:
I mean I had a double in Lakewood too. I’ve been in some of those situations now where its good getting into those RBI situations or some of those tough tension type situations in the game and what not. It’s good, it’s good so it helps me with my approach and to keep my mindset right.
On what it means when he is hitting the ball to left:
It tells me I’ve been working. It’s me allowing myself to see the ball, let it travel a little bit and just try to take it that way. The first couple at bats my lower body came forward a little bit which is going to make me come around it and I was able to stay behind it.
On whether pitch recognition or timing has been more difficult:
I wouldn’t really say either. I mean I’ve gotten a lot of at bats down in Clearwater with simulated games. I think it’s more now just getting settled in and getting used to the situations again. So I feel like, knock on wood, I’ve been able to recognize pitches pretty well. It’s a little tough early on where your kind of dealing with the shadows but you know that’s another aspect of the game you have to go and play through. I feel like it’s more once I can feel a little bit more comfortable settled in ill be alright.
On whether he thinks he will be back before the All-Star break:
I think any thing is possible. You never know. Just take it day-by-day and go from there.
On what he is doing tomorrow:
Ill be back here, answering questions after the game from you guys once again. And I’m playing first base tomorrow so get your first base questions ready. I’ll be back here playing again tomorrow.
On how long he will play:
I think it’ll be seven. Five-to-seven innings probably.
On what he feels like he needs to get done before being ready to return to the Phillies:
I don’t know, I mean, I think what’s going to happen is just see how it feels on a day-to-day basis and just keep going out there and we’ll see what happens. Once you get to the five, seven innings and you get good paces of games, knock on wood, keep the games going kind of the way they’ve been going, and just see how it feels and see if it stands up.
On whether he feels pressure to return sooner with the Phillies struggles:
Aw man no. I’m just kind of on my own pace right now just wanting to make sure I get comfortable at the plate get comfortable on the field seeing the ball on defense, reading balls off the bat and reading throws. So once I’m comfortable with that I should be alright.
On whether he needs to have a certain level of confidence in the foot to return:
Oh I got plenty of confidence in my foot, I mean it felt good on the double. Actually getting out of the box and rounding first were the two things I was focused on the most and once I was able to get out of the box I felt like I was pretty explosive out of the box and wasn’t very hesitant around first base, so that was a plus tonight.
On whether he lobbied to stay in instead of being lifted for a pinch runner:
Yea, I was like I don’t need a runner, I’m good. But I guess he wanted to do otherwise. But I mean it all worked out, we won the game.