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Ryan Howard expected to join Gwinnett on Saturday

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Former Phillies slugger will try to work his way back to the majors.

Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is expected to make his debut for the Gwinnett Braves on Saturday according to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Howard signed a minor league deal with the Braves two weeks ago.

Howard struggled during his final season in Philadelphia slashing .196/.257/.453 in 112 games. He did total 25 home runs but is far removed from the guy that was one of the most feared sluggers in the National League from 2006-2011. Howard went unsigned throughout spring training before the Braves took a flyer on him.

If it works out, then Howard could add value to Atlanta’s bench which has struggled through the first couple of weeks of the season. Given what Howard showed last season, it doesn’t seem likely but at this point the Braves don’t have anything to lose.