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20 Pounds Lighter, Howard Says He's Ready

Although position players aren’t expected to report to camp for a few more days, Ryan Howard reported to Spring Training early, looking trimmer. He lost 20 pounds.

“I wanted to get to a playing weight and feel good, feel light, feel fast [and] strong and go from there. I definitely feel better. Endurance is better. Everything — my whole body — just feels a lot better.”

Howard also spoke about his 3 year, $54 million contract and the upcoming season.

“I think the biggest thing was trying to get something done as far as … not having to go to arbitration. The talks were actually very good. Back and forth, pretty quick.”

And to improve his defense — which had been criticized widely throughout his career — Howard worked at length with new coach Sam Perlozzo.

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