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Ryan Howard | First Baseman | #6

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (36) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / PHI
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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin informed Ryan Howard Friday that he'll no longer be the team's starting first baseman.
Howard has been playing second fiddle to Tommy Joseph for weeks but now it's official. "I talked to Ryan [Friday] and told him, ‘I’ve got to go with Tommy Joseph right now,'" said Mackanin. "I can’t sit Tommy Joseph. I can’t justify not playing the guy." Mackanin said Howard will still be involved as a pinch-hitter and occasional starter, but he's mostly going to be taking a backseat to Joseph. The Phillies would probably love to trade Howard but that's nearly impossible given his enormous salary ($25 million) and poor play this season. Jun 11 - 8:03 PM
Source: CSN Philly

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Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Wednesday in the Phillies' loss to the Cubs.

Howard earned the start over Tommy Joseph on Wednesday after slugging a solo home run in Tuesday's defeat of Chicago. It should be back to the bench now for him.
Jun 8 - 4:18 PM

Making his first start of June, Ryan Howard smacked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.

Howard drew a walk in the first inning and then took Kyle Hendricks out to right-center field in the fourth. It was his ninth longball of the season, although he's still hitting only .153/.217/.353. Howard will continue to cede playing time to Tommy Joseph, although he probably earned himself another start with tonight's dinger.
Jun 7 - 10:24 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Tommy Joseph will grab another start at first base. Manager Pete Mackanin said earlier this week that he planned to sit Howard for 3-4 days so he could clear his head. This is day four. Howard grounded into a double play in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday night. There's a good chance he'll return to the lineup Sunday in the series finale.
Jun 4 - 12:17 PM

Ryan Howard has been benched for the next 3-4 games.

"I get it, I get it," Howard told reporters Wednesday after hearing the news. "I mean, you gotta go out and perform, you gotta put up." Through his first 143 at-bats in 2016, the veteran slugger is hitting just .154/.215/.343. Tommy Joseph will start in Howard's place for this stretch and possibly much longer. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Joseph could "possibly" win the first base job on a full-time basis.
Jun 1 - 6:05 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

It's noteworthy because the Phils are facing a right-hander (John Lackey). Howard is batting only .154/.219/.346 and could start losing more and more playing time to Tommy Joseph. Philly also has Andres Blanco at second base over Cesar Hernandez.

Ryan Howard is expected to be on the bench Sunday against right-hander Casey Kelly.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin plans to stick with Howard against righties for now despite his .161/.233/.381 batting line, but he'll give him a day off Sunday. If Howard's struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Phils eventually give Tommy Joseph everyday at-bats at first base. "I might give Joseph a start [Sunday] just to clear Howie's head just a little bit," Mackanin said. "Then when we go to Detroit, we have the DH, so both of them can play, and we will go from there."
May 22 - 9:43 AM

Ryan Howard is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

He's sitting against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Tommy Joseph is making another start at first base and batting cleanup.
May 17 - 3:08 PM

Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 with his eighth homer of the season in Wednesday's loss to the Braves.

It's been an all-or-nothing season for the Phillies' big bopper. Only 10 of his 18 base hits this year have been non-homers, so he's hitting .182/.243/.434 with eight home runs in 111 plate appearances. This means he's a true one-category contributor in standard fantasy formats -- and he doesn't hit for nearly enough power to overcome his detrimental impact in every other traditional category.
May 11 - 9:45 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

With the Marlins throwing southpaw Wei-Yin Chen, Howard is sitting in favor of Darin Ruf. Howard has just 13 plate appearances versus lefties this season and is batting .167/.154/.417.
May 6 - 5:06 PM

Ryan Howard is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Howard has homered in two straight games, further bolstering his excellent career numbers in his hometown of St. Louis, but he'll be on the bench in Thursday's series finale with the Cardinals throwing left-hander Jaime Garcia. Darin Ruf is starting at first base and batting cleanup in the matinee game.
May 5 - 10:59 AM

Ryan Howard delivered a three-run homer against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Howard is just 17-for-87 on the season, giving him a .195 average, but seven of his 17 hits have left the yard. He's probably due more playing time against lefties since Darin Ruf has struggled as his platoon partner.
May 4 - 11:37 PM

Ryan Howard hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Howard finished 1-for-3 in the game, with his sixth-inning blast serving as the only run in the contest. The home run was his sixth of the season, but he's got just 11 RBI for all that power. That's due in part to the fact that power is all he's sporting these days, as he's hitting just .190/.255/.417 with 32 strikeouts overall.
May 3 - 11:08 PM

Ryan Howard socked a walk-off solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday

The clubs were locked in a 3-3 tie after five innings and Howard finally broke through when he took Cody Allen deep to lead off the bottom of the 11th. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and his first since 2013. Howard went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night, boosting his batting average from .185 to .214. The Phillies have now won seven out of eight and sit at a surprising 13-10 on the year.
Apr 29 - 10:58 PM

Ryan Howard is absent from the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench with the Phils facing southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf is handling first base.
Apr 17 - 10:27 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2Jimmy Paredes
3Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Adam Morgan
8Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Severino Gonzalez