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Ryan Howard gets cortisone shot, won’t play before Thursday

Sep 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ryan Howard sat out last night’s game after fouling a ball off his right foot and is also expected to get a cortisone injection in his sore left ankle today, so he’s unlikely to be back in the Phillies’ lineup before Thursday.

Howard would almost surely play through bursitis in his ankle if the Phillies hadn’t already clinched the division title and weren’t a near-lock for homefield advantage. Or as the former MVP put it: “The focus is towards October and being healthy for October.”

As usual Howard is knocking in a ton of runs, leading the league with 113 RBIs, but he’s also posted career-lows in batting average (.249), slugging percentage (.490), and OPS (.833) while hitting just .237 in 120 games since a strong April.

  1. Utley's Hair - Sep 19, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Aaron, you really need to change your baiting methods once in a while.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      Be fair, he’s trying. The problem is the matter of fact reporting… he’s missing a certain je ne sais quoi quality to the baiting.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

      LOL!! He knows, “We just can’t handle the truth!!”

      What would Patches O’Houlihan do???

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        What he always does, throw wrenches at us until we agree with him.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Sep 19, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    In the meantime, I want Mayberry Jr. starting at 1st base, not Gload. Gload provides no power. In last night’s game, they missed Mayberry Jr.’s bat.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I’d rather put Bowker at first or Moss… either one can’t possibly be worse…

    • halladaysbiceps - Sep 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      But, out of the (3), Bowker, Moss, or Mayberry Jr., you would prefer Mayberry Jr. starting at 1st for the time that Howard is out, correct?

      Bowker to me is a strikeout machine. The book on him, as Chris Carpenter proved yesterday, is to throw him sinking stuff in the dirt. He will swing at anything.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        I keep John Jr. in as much as I can. They”ll be using him off the bench more than anyone in the post season, so It’s important to get him ab’s.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Sep 19, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Of course I prefer Mayberry as well but the team has to give a look to the potential replacements.

    • firedude7160 - Sep 19, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      And yet they keep trotting Gload out there at first. He is starting at first base again tonight. *facepalm*

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Howard needs to go on a diet this off season.

    • Jonny 5 - Sep 19, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      No he doesn’t, He’s perfect just the way he is. Yeah.

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 19, 2011 at 6:43 PM

        Now, Blanton, on the other hand…wait a minute…oooh, gotta go—ice cream truck!!

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