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Philadelphia Phillies: Why Fans Should Not Panic over Ryan Howard's Setback
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The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to again reign supreme in the National League East in 2012. After a historic 2011 campaign in which they won a franchise record 102 games, they return largely the same group of players.

In fact, they could be considered better with a proven closer in Jonathan Papelbon and an All-Star RF in Hunter Pence. The fact remains that "The Big Piece" in their lineup will miss time in the early-going.

Ryan Howard had a setback in his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles tendon. He needed an infection cleaned out by the same doctor who conducted his surgery.

He is considered to be out "indefinitely" at this point and that is never good news for a struggling offense. Here's why Phillies Nation shouldn't fret Ryan Howard's setback.

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