Manuel expects Howard's bat to get going soon

Manuel expects Howard's bat to get going soon

PHILADELPHIA -- Despite Ryan Howard's struggles, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has continued to express faith in his big left-handed slugger.

"He's coming," the skipper said after Tuesday's game. "He's very capable of finding his swing. He'll keep working."

In the first inning of Tuesday's 3-0 win against the Braves, Howard hit his first home run since July 23. It was a key swing, as it knocked in two of the game's three runs and provided starter Cole Hamels with some early support. However, the first baseman struggled to connect with any pitches after the home run, as he struck out in his final three at-bats.

Wednesday marked Howard's 26th game since returning from his left Achilles injury. The slugger hit a game-tying homer in the fifth inning of the Phillies' 12-6 loss against the Braves.