The Big Piece (a.k.a. Ryan Howard) would help, but he is in Clearwater, Fla., rehabbing from complications following left Achilles surgery. He completed his first week of rehab on Sunday, spending most of his time doing cardio exercises and fielding ground balls.
Howard is scheduled to intensify his workouts this week. That includes running, hitting and weight-bearing exercises.
There remains no timetable for Howard's return, although the Phillies have said Howard essentially is starting Spring Training.