Found July 08, 2013 on
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Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard can’t seem to shake the injury bug that has plagued him over the past two years. After missing a majority of the 2012 season because of a torn left Achilles tendon that he suffered in the 2011 NLDS against St. Louis, the slugger will miss another 6-8 weeks due to a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery.
Howard, batting .266 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs this season, has been hindered over the past couple weeks after receiving a cortisone shot in the knee at the end of April. Manager Charlie Manuel has played him sparingly, one day on and one day off so Howard can rest his ailing leg. That thought process, while a good idea, did not work out in Howard’s favor as the pain continued to worsen over the past week. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday prior to the game against Atlanta and an MRI showed a tear in the ligament.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has recently been quoted calling Howard “an expensive platoon player” but the first baseman was obviously playing through the pain until it was too much to bear. Howard signed a five-year contract extension in 2010 worth $125 million. In hindsight, the deal has looked bad and continues to haunt an aging team’s payroll.
Let’s not play Monday morning quarterback and look back on the decisions made by the Phillies front office, because frankly, we could be here all day. At the time of the extension, Howard was an up and coming star and was mentioned with legends of the game. He was the fastest player to reach 200 career home runs. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2005.
From 2006-2009, Howard became the 4th player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and drive in 130+ RBIs in four straight seasons, joining Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., and Sammy Sosa. In those four seasons, the “Big Piece” averaged 49.5 home runs and in 2006, his MVP season, he set career highs in home runs (58) and RBIs (149).
Since that extension however, his production has diminished considerably. In 2011, the season of the Achilles injury, Howard hit 33 home runs and knocked in 116 runs in 152 games played. He played in no less than 143 games a season when he was the Phillies full-time first baseman from 2006-2011. Howard has only played in 151 games over the past two seasons, hitting 25 homers with 99 RBIs.
He is owed $25 million per season from 2014-16 with a club option of $23 million in 2017. If management chooses not to pick up that option, there is a buyout clause in the contract of $10 million.
In the meantime, Darin Ruf has been promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will most likely see a majority of the playing time at first base.
Howard has been mentioned in trade speculations over the past couple of weeks but his contract is a big reason most teams don’t even entertain the idea. Amaro Jr. called him an expensive platoon player. The only problem with that is you have to be on the field to be a “player” and Howard can’t stay healthy enough for that consideration.
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On Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies placed Ryan Howard on the 15 day disabled list with left knee inflammation and Darin Ruf was called up to take his place on the roster. But could this latest injury be the beginning of Howard’s career declining right before our eyes.
Ryan Howard was drafted in the fifth round of 2001 first year player draft out of Southwest Missouri State...
Phillies slugger Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least six to eight weeks.
Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. An MRI Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery hasn't been set.
The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably limping during games...
For Ryan Howard, the pain became too much.
The Philadelphia Phillies put their slugging first baseman on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of inflammation in his left knee.
''It was just really hard to move, really felt stiff,'' Howard said Sunday after Philadelphia's 7-3 win over Atlanta. ''I knew I wouldn't be able to do it. It was more...
The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to left knee inflammation.
Howard originally was in Saturday's starting lineup but was a late scratch. The three-time All-Star has struggled while playing through the knee injury, batting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs this season.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Howard...
Ryan Howard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee on Saturday, but the bad news gets worse for the Philadelphia Phillies.
On Monday, an MRI confirmed a torn meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery. The injury is expected to sideline the first baseman for 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN. No date for surgery has been set at this time.
Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard was scratched from tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves after feeling pain in his right knee during warmups. He was then place on the disabled list an hour before game time.
As reported by the staff at csnphilly.com,
"Howard recently admitted to feeling pain in his knee every day. Surgery
is usually the...
Just when you put the baseball season behind you. Just when you started the countdown to the opening of training camp. Just when you thought your heart couldn’t take any more. The Phils put together a solid month of Major League baseball to creep back towards the .500 mark and possible playoff contention prior to the All-Star break.
Let’s be clear. The Phillies have dug...
Not long before Saturday evening’s contest against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies announced that ailing first baseman Ryan Howard would be placed on the disabled list, as he has been battling left knee issues for several weeks.
The lefty hitting slugger was scratched from Saturday night’s lineup following batting practice that afternoon. In 80 games this year, Howard has...
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 Philadelphia Phillies are struggling mightily this season and things just got worse. The team announced today that first baseman Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and he will be out six to eight weeks as a result.
An MRI on Monday confirmed the tear in his knee and the 2006 NL MVP probably won’t be back until late August or early September...
Ryan Howard has been a complete bust since signing his extension. Injuries, inability to hit lefties, plummeting OPS, shoddy defense, albatross of a contract, base-jamming "speed", etcetera. His latest ailment will keep him out of action for 6-8 weeks (at least we get to watch Darin Ruf). WSBGMs warned everyone of this upon Amaro's jumping of the gun to sign Howard...
For the Philadelphia Phillies to compete for a playoff spot this year, they needed their big bats — Ryan Howard and Chase Utley — to stay relatively healthy throughout the season.
Utley has already served time on the disabled list with an oblique strain earlier this season. But now Philadelphia will be without Howard due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. As reported...
PhilliesTags: Darin RufPhilliesRyan HowardIf the Phillies make a run to get back in the post-season race, they’re going to have to do it without the services of Ryan Howard.
The team announced earlier today that an MRI revealed a torn meniscus in the first baseman’s knee; it will require surgery and keep Howard out of action until the end [...](Read more...)
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