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Slaton resumes pitching coach duties

Slaton resumes pitching coach duties

SAN DIEGO -- Bullpen coach Ken Howell rejoined the Dodgers Friday after missing three weeks because of complications of diabetes.

Howell had the tip of the big toe on his right foot removed because of a staph infection. Howell had a portion of an infected third toe on the same foot amputated in 2008, also the result of a diabetic staph infection.

"I'm back to 100 percent," said Howell. "The infection really got me down. I felt awful. But we think it's all gone and I'm glad to be back."

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Howell, 49, pitched seven seasons in the Major Leagues, the first five with the Dodgers, and is in his third season as the big league pitching coach. He had been replaced by Jim Slaton, who returned as pitching coach at Triple-A Albuquerque.

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