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 treatment for a cartilage issue, though there has been no
word from the team on Howard's treatment or how long he will be out."
Howard has been battling the problem in his left knee since May 4, and has missed 10 of the last 45 games. Darin Ruf was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Howard's spot on the roster.
Howard played in only 71 games last season after coming off surgery and batted only .219 with 14 home runs and 56 runs batted in. This season, Howard's power numbers are down. He has hit only 11 home runs in 288 at bats, and has a .266 batting average.