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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has dealt with
discomfort in his left knee throughout the season. However, the pain became
severe enough over the weekend that Howard told the Phillies he was struggling
to move laterally at first base. At that point, Howard and the Phillies decided
they no longer wanted to push the injury, opting to place the veteran slugger on the disabled list. Howard will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent
of the injury and what the next course of action will be, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
After the DL stint was announced, Howard discussed his
injury with reporters.
"It was really hard to move, it just felt stiff,"
said Howard, who spoke to the media about his DL trip after Sunday's game.
"I mean, there's been times where it kind of felt stiff before, but the
pain and the stiffness was just too much to where I knew I couldn't go out
there and do it. I had to go let them know."
This will mark Howard’s second MRI on the knee in the past
two months. The initial one he underwent in the middle of May didn’t show
anything severe enough to put the veteran on the DL, but Philadelphia did give
him a cortisone shot at the time. Another shot could be in order, but Howard also
acknowledged the possibility of more surgery.
"I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow to get a
better understanding of what is going on inside of there, and then address it
from there," Howard said. "As far as surgery or any other injections,
right now I guess it's too early to tell."
Howard was off to a decent start with the Phillies, but he’s
since struggled collecting only four hits over his last 31 at-bats. On the
season the 31-year-old has hit .266/.319/.465 with 20 doubles and 11 home runs.
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