The Phillies announced after tonight's 11-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs that they had placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list with strained left quadriceps.

Howard is eligible to be activated May 25. The Phillies recalled Chris Coste from triple-A Ottawa to take Howard's place on the roster.

"I'd rather get better than keep playing and make it worse," Howard said. "The worst-case scenario is that you keep playing and you're out for the rest of the year."

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