"It's a matter of time. The only thing Ryan has to do is go up see the ball, get a good ball to hit and put the ball in play, hit the ball, because he's strong. Two years ago, when he had that huge year, that's what he did."Howard, who was in the lineup again Sunday, certainly has the support of his teammates. After all, the season is not even a month old. Plus, it helps that the Phils have a winning record and were only a half-game out of first place in the NL East entering Sunday. "He'll be fine," said Kyle Kendrick, the winning pitcher on Saturday. "He's a good hitter, a great hitter. He'll be fine. It was nice to be able to see that, him get the home run. He'll be fine." Another bonus in terms of the team showing patience in one of its biggest stars is the fact that the offense is producing without as much contribution from him. Chase Utley and Pat Burrell are off to white-hot starts, and other hitters are performing well, too. "A lot of it can be a snowball effect, good or bad," Howard said. "All it takes is one day, and you just try and take something positive each day and just keep putting it together, and then you're rolling."
Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.