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 CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Ryan Howard is leaner, stronger and healthier.
Eager to get back to his old form, the Philadelphia Phillies' slugger arrived early to camp before position players have to report. He's come a long way since last year when he missed half the season recovering from surgery on his left Achilles' tendon.
``My left leg feels phenomenal compared to this time last year, compared to where it was when I came back,'' Howard said Thursday. ``When I came back, there was obviously still a limp. I tried to do what I could.''
Howard was injured making the final out in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series in 2011. He suffered a few setbacks in his road back last spring training and didn't return to the lineup until July 6.

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