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The Phillies place Ryan Howard on the disabled list

Aug 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

They’re dropping like flies this afternoon.

The Phillies have placed Ryan Howard on the DL, obviously figuring that his ankle needs more than a day or two of rest. They’ve called up John Mayberry to take his place on the roster.

The entire Phillies infield has been on the DL now at some point this season, and the infield is obviously the heart and soul of this team.  Like I said yesterday in the Power Rankings: if the Phillies can overcome this and still take the division, Charlie Manuel has to be the manager of the year in the National League. Though I’m guessing Bud Black wins it no matter what.

So can they overcome it? It seems unfair, but a lot of that has to do with young Domonic Brown, who will need to shoulder even more of the offensive load than he might have otherwise been expected to. It also means that the margin for error is that much less, meaning that the Phillies’ bullpen can’t give away games like it did against the Nationals on Saturday.

Like anything else that has happened to the Phillies this year, this, in and of itself, is not insurmountable. Chase Utley’s injury was far more devastating, frankly, and they’ve more or less survived that. But at some point these things start to add up, the bench begins to get taxed and things go sideways.

  1. BigPhil - Aug 3, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    So to review, let’s go through the Philliesr projected starting day line up
    1) Rollins (was injured, and so was his back up. Injury clearly affecting him since he’s not a threat on the basepaths during the few occasions he’s been on-base)
    2) Polanco (was injured)
    3) Utley (injured)
    4) Howard (injured)
    5) Werth
    6) Ibanez
    7) Victorino (injured)
    8) Ruiz (was injured, and so was his back up)
    9) Pitcher (mish mash of injuries, but, to be honest, not out of the norm from other teams and we can’t blame injuries on their poor performance since they struggled last year too)

  2. randall351 - Aug 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    wah sniffle.

  3. BigPhil - Aug 3, 2010 at 5:59 PM

    HA! Probably the perfect response. Nicely done.

  4. Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Philly and Boston going neck and neck for the 2010 Pavano Cup. I might actually feel sorry if I didn’t despise both these teams.

  5. Jonny5 - Aug 4, 2010 at 8:26 AM

    This is going to hurt. The Phills kinda need the big man right now, when he’s hot later in the season. Even more so now than they ever have with some of their big playmakers out hurt. If they can just maintain the 2 games they are now behind? They will take the division. I see them doing some great things with a fully rested Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Shane Victorino when they come back. But even though they may be the closest thing to Superman in my kids eyes, they won’t be able to catch up if the lead in the division gets too far away. If Charlie can just maintain this club and the deficit they now have until these guys get back? mm hmmm Phills are going to end the season on top for sure. BTW, thank god for signing Polanco. Feliz of last season was a designated out, Polanco hits for a great average and OBP, and his defense is solid.

  6. 50-year Phils fan - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    Amazingly, the Phillies are playing with more heart and character now than they’ve shown all season. Unsung hitters like Ruiz and Valdez are getting clutch two-out hits. It’s not the Phillies’ injuries on offense that are going to hurt; it’s that bum at the back of the bullpen – Brad Lidge – who’s killing any chance the Phils have for post-season glory.

  7. BC - Aug 4, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    John Mayberry? He’s got to be about 60 years old! Wow, they’re getting desperate.

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