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Ryan Howard could get a cortisone shot for sore ankle

Sep 16, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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Ryan Howard, who was in an 0-for-15 slump before coming off the bench and delivering a game-winning double in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader, says his sore left ankle continues to bother him and he might get a cortisone shot.

It sounds as though Howard would prefer to just have the one cortisone shot, so he might choose to play through the pain for now and then get the injection prior to the start of the postseason.  It’s not as though the Phillies need him at his best right now.

Besides, even with that 0-for-15, Howard is hitting .255/.397/.553 with four homers and 10 RBI in 47 at-bats this month.  It looks like he’ll finish this year with the lowest OPS of his career — he’s at .831 right now — but he’s leading the majors with 113 RBI anyway.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Maybe the cortisone shot will help his .831 OPS. We all know he sucks and isn’t very good. I think he should be left off the post-season roster in favor of another pitcher. We can play Mayberry Jr. at 1st for the playoffs.

    • oneshot386 - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:16 PM

      Man I really hope your joking, because if your not you should never be allowed to talk sports again.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:19 PM

        Yes, he is joking. It was a sarcastic approach to the seemingly never ending “Ryan Howard is overrated” debate that seems to be constantly raging around here.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        Doctor,

        Mayberry Jr. in the starting lineup tonight playing 1st.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        Yeah, I saw. Polanco is also batting 5th which is interesting and Ben Francisco is seeing action in LF. I predict a big game for Francisco. Like uber big.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        Please don’t bring up the word “uber”. I have had enough of a commenter that has that as the prefix of his handle to last a lifetime over this last few days.

        Yeah, when Francisco is used occasionally in spot situations, he seems to produce, another sign he’s not an everyday player.

      • ditto65 - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

        Does this make the report of his pending cortisone shot “overrated”?

      • ditto65 - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:23 PM

        uber. uber. uber. uber. uber.

        Come on. Biceps, you see the humor – right?

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

        Lol, ditto. Yeah, I see the irony of the “uber” aspect. I had a very bad week commenting here, worse than most.

      • ditto65 - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

        It’s cool, Biceps. Sorry I contributed to your bad week of posts…

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:36 PM

        Don’t be sorry, ditto. I make my own bed here and I know it. My problem is that I can’t just ignore things. It’s my downfall.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    This also might be Worley’s last start of the season. It would not surprise me if they started giving him bullpen innings soon in order to acclimate himself.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:36 PM

      Agreed. They need to do so. I don’t have as much faith in the bullpen that I had 3 weeks ago. He will add to the depth of the bullpen nicely. I want to see what they do with other roster spots as we wind down towards the end of the season.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:37 PM

        Do you mean with further call-ups or the post season roster?

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM

        For example: Will the Phillies decide to bring up a hot Joe Savery for another arm in the bullpen and leave off someone in exchange for him, etc.? Stuff like that.

      • bigxrob - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:33 PM

        I don’t see that happening biceps. Don’t think you will see any surprises on the post season roster

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:38 PM

        bigxrob,

        You may be right. I know one thing with this organization, though. You never know what they will do. I think they see the same issues in the bullpen that we see. They may believe they need another arm in that bullpen just in case.

        Just a thought that I’m throwing out there.

      • bigxrob - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM

        Cepts, the bull pen is making me nervous also. Charlie has always been a guy to go with the players he knows and is comfortable with. It would be nice if they had someone in the minors (preferably a lefty) who threw gas that could help.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:48 PM

        bigrobx,

        They do have a lefthander in AAA right now: Joe Savery, 4-0, 1.80 ERA.

        Bring him up!!!

      • bigxrob - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

        Oops, thought he was a rh, thanks for the correction

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        Fellas, the Phillies are way ahead of you, Savery is already in Philadelphia, he was called up on the 16th. He might the 2nd Left Handed pitcher out of the pen Charlie is looking for.

  3. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    Mayberry Jr. RBI single to tie the game 1-1. Way to go baby!!!!!!

  4. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    65 pitches for the Vanimal after 3 innings.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    I don’t think that they call up Savery. He isn’t even on the 40 man. It is more likely that they call up the stiffs known as Mike Zagurski and Scott Mathieson to provide bullpen depth for the last 2 weeks. Maybe Justin DeFratus as well.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:31 PM

      Jose Contreras is on the 60 day DL. They can replace him with Savery and he would be eligible for the post season roster. I just want another lefthanded arm up here for Bastardo insurance.

      Mike Zagurski and Scott Mathieson can stay down there. Especially Zagurski. We already have Fat Joe here. We don’t need two guys fighting over a bucket of KFC.

  6. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    6-2 Mets over the Braves right now. Phillies need to do their part. I want us to clinch the NL East tonight. I have a bottle of aged (2 days) Jack Daniels I want to break out.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      You should stick with the Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey’s….the Jim Beam’s, Makers Mark, Wild Turkey, etc. of the world. Much better. Now, I don’t drink and haven’t for many a year, but when I did…only thing I drank.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM

        They are good as well. When it comes to Whiskey’s the only thing I am particular about is Irish Whiskey. That’s Jameson’s for me.

        Anyways, the Phillies need to score for Worley. They are making Jaime Garcia look like Cy Young, which they have done as of late with every pitcher. Bad at bats and tiredness, I see.

      • paperlions - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:51 PM

        Biceps, if you like Jameson 12 yr, try redbreast. I think it only comes in the 12 yr, it’s good stuff.

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Ok, who comes out to pitch the 7th? Worley it at 105 pitches so it is unlikely that he goes back out there. Could it be Joe Blanton time? Maybe Herndon?

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      With the Cardinals potent lineup, I don’t put Blanton out there. Probably Herndon.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:53 PM

        That running slap thing that Furcal just did was utter bullshit. Seriously, who in the hell does that? Sure he got on base but still…really week.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:58 PM

        Furcal has always been a punk, since his days in Atlanta. I wasn’t suprised.

        Herndon is blowing this.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM

        Herndon is a magician out there…..when he isn’t giving up bombs.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM

        Sinker to complete the doubleplay. Jesus, Herndon makes it interesting!

  8. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Great stat: Last 8 games, the Phillies have scored 15 runs. Pathetic.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      It happens. Better now then in 2 weeks. I believe some of it has to do with the ever revolving line-up filled with scrubs like Martinez, Orr, Schneider, and to a lesser extent Valdez. Damn Bastardo giving up the dinger.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM

        I partially agree with you. Revolving rosters play a part. But, averaging less than 2 runs per game over the last 8? That’s pretty pathetic for any MLB lineup. Jesus, that’s bad.

  9. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Isn’t that Savery callup looking better now? Bastardo still looks tired and off base with his pitches.

  10. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Utley needs a hit here. Preferably a double.

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      Well, that unfortunately didn’t happen. These assholes need to start to hit. This is ridiculous. They get great pitching performances and refuse to cash in.

  11. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    No one can hit. No one can hit. No one can hit. This is a concern. What’s wrong with them?

  12. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Now we have shitty fielding by Mayberry Jr. and poor covering by Lidge to 1st base.

    They are packing it in for this game.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      I don’t blame Lidge for that. It wasn’t a play that the pitcher would typically cover. Jr. is a mediocre first baseman at best. The offense is just struggling right now. Nobody is hitting particularly well. However, like I said, better now then in a couple weeks. They will sort themselves out….work out the kinks so to speak.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM

        Howard isn’t mailing it in. Regardless of the outcome, he busted his ass to get a double out of that.

  13. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Wow!!! Shit, Patterson dropped that ball.

  14. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Patterson should have caught that. Big break for the Phillies. They should have lost this game, period.

  15. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    What they need to do is go with their standard line-up instead of all the subbing in and out for a few days in order to regain some semblance of offensive rhythm. Something like:
    Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Pence, Ibanez (Mayberry Jr.), Polanco, Ruiz

  16. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    We shouldn’t even be going to extra innings because of the error. But, the Phillies wouldn’t even be in this place right now except for the fact that this offense BLOWS right now!

  17. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Domonic Brown, Justin DeFratus, Eric Kratz, Joe Savery and someone else has been brought up.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:17 PM

      Should be brought up or has been brought up? And if they have been what were the corresponding roster moves because Savery and Kratz were not on the 40 man.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM

        Never mind, I found it. Brandon Moss was also called up. Zagurski, Juan Perez, and Drew Naylor were all DFA’d to make room on the 40 man.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM

        They have been brought up. It’s breaking news. I don’t know the corresponding moved right now.

  18. cur68 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    And THAT boys is why the Beaver Men ditched Corey Patterson. Thank you Tony LaRussa.

    Enjoy the extra innings.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM

      Looks like the Beaver Men can snatch one from the Yankees tonight…if they can get this guy home from 2nd with nobody out.

      • cur68 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        Rasmus and his effing lousy bunting skills has seen to that: 1 out.

      • halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:23 PM

        You used “Beaver” and “snatch” in the same sentence. Doctor, what gives?

      • cur68 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

        JOSE MOLINA! Walks off the Yankees! WOOOO- HOOOOOOOO!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

        I didn’t do it on purpose. I realized it before I hit “post comment” though.

    • paperlions - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:22 PM

      Tony LaRussa is a fucking horrible manager….once again he shows that he can’t stay out of the way. He has averaged losing a game/week by doing whole-sale changes starting in the 6th/7th inning over the last month…..before that, his over managing only resulting in an extra loss ever two weeks or so. The lineup going into extra innings is about as punchless as it could be…and the defense obviously is not better than it was with the starters.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:25 PM

        I agree PL. Even the Phillies announcers were wondering what was with the wholesale substitutions. Even with the line-up you call punchless, the sordid underbelly of the Phillies bullpen is now coming out so who the hell knows what is going to happen. That and the Phillies offense is no great shakes right now either.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM

        Case and point….Schwimmer sucks.

      • cur68 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:34 PM

        Oof. Your guys should get a Molina. Those dudes are clutch. Tell Cholly I, Cur ‘El Gaucho’ Molina68, got my gear on and am ready to play.

      • paperlions - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM

        I actually have the Philly broad cast on via MLB.TV (the cardinal TV guys are all kinds of horrible, radio guys are good though)….anyway, I heard a comment like “looks like a spring training game just broke out” and I laughed and cried at the same time.

      • cur68 - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:49 PM

        Have a gin & tonic ‘lions, old chap. You’ll feel better.

      • paperlions - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:53 PM

        I have many kinds of good liquor in the house, why would I drink gin?

  19. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Get Schwimmer out of there. Christ, bring in Joe Blanton at this point.

  20. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Down to the last 3 outs. This sack of shit offense needs to produce.

  21. halladaysbiceps - Sep 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Well, the inept offense lost this game. Not the pitching. The inept offense.

  22. jetersusedjersey - Sep 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    If Howard had ONLY stuck to eating veggies!

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