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Ryan Howard could miss the rest of the season

Aug 12, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

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Roy Halladay is gearing up for a return later this month, but things are far less certain with Ryan Howard as he continues his rehab from July surgery on his right knee.

Jim Salisbury of was told by Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. that Howard has lost 15 to 20 pounds during his workouts, but has yet to be cleared to swing a bat. With many hurdles remaining in his rehab process, Amaro isn’t ready to say whether the veteran first baseman will make it back this season.

“I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year,” Amaro said. “If he’s 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it’s possible. But there’s no reason to rush him back.”

When Howard had surgery to repair his meniscus back on July 10, he was expected to miss at least six to eight weeks. Perhaps there would be more sense of urgency if the Phillies were still in things, but they entered play tonight at 52-65 on the year. With $75 million owed to Howard over the next three seasons, there’s every reason for him to take his time.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    And I was all geared up for a nail biting pennant race too.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    maybe if they eat 25 mil. they can trade him off. but since they just extended Utley they are probally looking to Howard as their option.

    • cohnjusack - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      I think the Phillies are in a posititon in which:
      1. No one will take him without the Phillies eating most of the contract and will give nothing of value in return
      2. He’s not exactly blocking anybody remotely worthwhile.

      Maybe if he can get healthy and put up a 120 OPS+ he can be moved, but right now there’s no point in even trying.

      It’s a bummer. Ryan Howard seems like an incredibly likable guy who we all hated because he was so overvalued(I still can’t believe he nabbed 12 first place votes in 2008). Now that no one overvalues him…well, I really want him to come back and smash 40 homers again. Sadly, those days are almost certainly gone.

      • biasedhomer - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Now you’ll be lucky to get 30HRs from him.

    • jwbiii - Aug 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      Are you seriously suggesting that you would pay Howard $17m/yr at this point?
      That you give up a trade good for the opportunity to take him on a 3/$50m contract?

  3. elwaysagenius - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Rube’s best work

  4. flamethrower101 - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Here’s what he should’ve said.

    “He needs to heal faster. For what he’s getting, he should be healing faster.”

    Months ago he was criticizing his performance, basing it on a ridiculous contract HE gave him. Now he wants him to take his sweet time getting back? (Note: This ain’t a knock on Ryan. If he’s not healthy he should get himself healthy. It’s more against RAJ)

  5. kahunanc - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Glad he lost 20. Another 20 to go.

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Ryan Howard is S.O.F.T.

  7. skeealaska - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Howard should attend the David Ortiz long time overdue school of ‘getting myself in playing shape so once again I matter’ on the major league level. Now that would be sweet. I don’t don’t think he has it in him though. Let the albatross go and thank you for the memories.

    • tcclark - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Hey, I went to that school. I have the GMIPSSOAIM sweatshirt to prove it. Go Papis!

  8. yankeepunk3000 - Aug 13, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    no but trade a meaningless minor leaguer so its just to dump money ala redsox to dodgers

    • dan1111 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:32 AM

      People have to actually want the players for that to work. The players the Red Sox traded were younger, had more upside, and signed far better contracts than Howard–and even then they lucked out when they got the Dodgers to take on all of that money.

      If Howard were a free agent today, no one would be willing to sign him to anything but a short, low-risk deal. And that value would be reflected in what anyone would be willing to do in a trade.

      Kevin Youkilis is a fairly comparable player to Howard–a formerly dominant hitter dealing with health issues and decline. He never had Howard’s power, but unlike Howard he has a good defensive reputation and can play 3B. He had to settle for a 1 year, $12 million contract.

  9. dcfan999 - Aug 13, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Just think they coulda have the money they gave to Howard to werth and let Howard walk

  10. greymares - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I don’t think the contract’s so bad a lot of teams have paid a lot of money for minimum results. case in point .196 hitting B.J.Upton.

  11. delsj - Aug 13, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    “Howard has lost 15 to 20 pounds during his workouts” – nobody has seen him of course, but it must be true – Ruben never lies. Here I was thinking Howard’s rehab consisted of floating around the lazy river in his Belleair Beach mansion eating chesseburgers.

  12. yahmule - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    In the interest of accuracy, Amaro’s quote should have been shortened to simply “I have no idea” which could be used as a sort of catch-all.

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