Sore quadriceps keeps Howard out against D-Backs

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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will not be in the lineup Tuesday night for Game 2 of the three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks due to a sore left quadriceps, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"My quad hasn't been the best," Howard told the Inquirer. "It's my back leg. It's my leg that I push off of that helps generate that power. When you're off, you're rushing things. You're off balance."

Howard, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and trainer Scott Sheridan met Monday and decided to rest him until he is examined by the team physician on Friday.

"We want to see if we can get him 100 percent," Manuel told the Inquirer. "It's gotten to the point where I figure if we can, it's time to get him completely healthy where he feels 100 percent like he can feel good about doing his job."

The reigning National League MVP will be available to pinch hit.

Howard hit .313 with 58 homers and 149 RBIs last season.