Howard Headed Home, Headed to the DL?
It sounded yesterday like Ryan Howard might miss just a few days because of a sprained left ankle.
It sounds tonight like it could be much longer.
The Phillies announced late tonight that Howard will fly to Philadelphia tomorrow to have team physician Michael Ciccotti examine his ankle. A trip to the 15-day disabled list seems more and more like a possibility.
Howard injured the ankle trying to get back to second base on a play in the first inning of Sunday’s victory over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Howard had to be helped off the field, but Charlie Manuel said after the game he did not think Howard, who left the ballpark on crutches, would need to be placed on the DL.
“I hope not,” Manuel said. “He’s going to be OK. I don’t expect him to miss very much time. … It’s going to be a short period.”
Howard sounded less certain than his manager.
“It hurts,” he said. “It’s swollen. It’s tight. It’s sore. I’m hoping not (a trip to the DL). I guess once the swelling kind of goes down we’ll see what happens.”
Raul Ibanez missed Sunday’s game because of a sore left wrist. He sounded optimistic he could play in Tuesday’s series opener against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. But if Howard lands on the DL, he would join second baseman Chase Utley and Shane Victorino. He also would be the team’s 15th player to be on the DL this season. That list includes Utley, Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo.