Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Ways to Keep Chase Utley, Ryan Howard Healthy in 2013

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Philadelphia Phillies: 10 Ways to Keep Chase Utley, Ryan Howard Healthy in 2013
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The middle of the order making almost $40M next season...they'd better stay healthy.

Chase Utley's first game of the 2012 season came on June 27, 2012.  

Just shy of two weeks later, on July 6, 2012, Ryan Howard made his long-anticipated return from the Achilles tendon tear that so strangely occurred on the last play of the Phillies' 2011 season.

By the time Howard returned to live action this year, the Phillies were 37-47 and buried in the National League East basement, 13 games behind the Washington Nationals.

Today, the Phillies are five games better from a win-loss standpoint.  Considering that they have played the last two months without Hunter Pence or Shane Victorino, this improvement is encouraging.

And it proves how critical it is to the Phillies for Utley and Howard to stay in the lineup.

How can they maximize these assets in 2013?  Here are some ideas.

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