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Phillies holding Ryan Howard out until Sunday

Jun 28, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

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The Phillies won’t be using first baseman Ryan Howard in the starting lineup until Sunday, reports Matt Gelb. Howard had an awful game last night, costing his team both offensively (with a rally-killing double play in the fifth inning) and defensively (falling down while fielding a Juan Uribe sacrifice bunt) en route to a loss. He had been on a bit of a tear, raising his OPS 100 points between June 12-22, but it quickly faded. The Dodgers are slated to use lefties Chris Capuano tonight and Hyun-jin Ryu tomorrow.

Year two of the Ryan Howard extension has been better than year one, but GM Ruben Amaro obviously hoped for a lot more than what they’ve gotten thus far. Howard has been battling a nagging knee injury for a while, which is at least partially to blame for his recent woes. Still, you have to wonder when the Phillies swallow their pride and relegate him to a platoon role. He is carrying a .516 OPS against lefties at the moment, compared to .894 against right-handers.

  1. ame123 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    He’s actually OPSing .894 against Righties this year.

  2. phillyinknoxville - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I would love to trade this bum but his contract is prohibitive. Because of the rumors of a possible Ruiz trade to the Yankees, I wonder if we could include Howard now that Mark Teixeira is done for the year. He could play either 1B or DH. Wishful thinking I’m afraid.

  3. colbycal1383 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I don’t know who’s worse anymore, Howard or Ruben as a gm!!! Go Phills

  4. chaseutley - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    RyHow held out and the Phils explode for 16 runs…. Weird.

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