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Ryan Howard is getting an MRI exam on his injured knee

May 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Ryan Howard sat out Sunday’s game with a sore left knee and the Phillies first baseman is getting an MRI exam today.

Howard told Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com that the knee “has been acting up a little bit since spring training” but “yesterday was when it really kind of kicked in more than normal.”

Howard has been in the starting lineup for 39 of the Phillies’ first 44 games, but he’s hitting just .242 with a career-worst .713 OPS and terrible 46/9 K/BB ratio. And dating back to last season Howard has a .229 batting average and .716 OPS in his last 112 games after previously never posting a sub-.835 OPS in a season.

At age 33 he’s showing major signs of decline, but Howard is making $20 million this season and the Phillies still owe him another $85 million for 2014-2016.

  1. Shafer's Dealer - May 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Future is murky at best…

  2. aceshigh11 - May 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Ryan “Moe” Howard is toast.

  3. insidefastball - May 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I have to believe that teams are going to stop shelling out $15-25 million a year on multi-year contracts for players who are a few years over 30. With ARod, Pujols, Howard (etc.) there are just too many teams that are going to be paying the equivalent of the Astros’ payroll for years to come to guys who struggle to stay healthy and put up Scott Hairston style numbers.

  4. 13arod - May 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    great just great howard get better sonn please

  5. randygnyc - May 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Heyblue noted yesterday that Howard is earning his contract. Lmao. I guess that Holliday and that notorious quitter Hamels is too.

  6. shoesforallsays - May 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    On a personal level, I feel bad that Howard’s body is falling apart. On a fan level, all I can think of it 2016! 2016! What were the Phillies thinking?

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