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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Howard blasted a Robbie Ross slider deep to center field in the third inning for his first blast of the season. Hampered by a torn Achilles and then a torn meniscus, Howard is a shadow of the player he used to be, but a healthy and productive season would go a long way towards restoring confidence in the first baseman. That he homered off of a lefty, typically his nemesis, is a good sign. Apr 2 - 11:23 PM

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Ryan Howard will bat fifth Tuesday against the Rangers.

Howard has started 665 straight regular season games out of the cleanup spot dating back to 2008, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has dropped him down to fifth against left-hander Martin Perez. It looks like he'll still hit fourth against right-handers, but the change is nice to see. Marlon Byrd will hit cleanup Tuesday.
Apr 1 - 3:57 PM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Red Sox on Friday.

Manager Ryne Sandberg has been weighing batting Howard fifth against lefties, but the first baseman was in the cleanup spot today against Jon Lester. After the 0-for-3, he's batting .234 with just one homer and 18 strikeouts in 47 at-bats this spring. At this point, it's well worth wondering if he should even be cleaning up against righties.
Mar 21 - 5:34 PM

Ryan Howard batted fifth in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves.

Meanwhile, Marlon Byrd was moved into the cleanup spot. Howard hasn't batted anywhere other than the cleanup spot since 2008, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg should at least consider doing it against left-handed starters.
Mar 10 - 2:51 PM

Ryan Howard said Saturday that he feels like he can play all 162 games in 2014, and dedicated his offseason workout routine toward achieving that goal.

Howard, who is in the third year of a five-year $125 million contract, has played a total of 151 games the past two seasons due to injury. He also admitted that the leg injuries were a factor in his diminished power the previous two years. His power and run-production ability make him a nice target as a corner infielder in mixed league drafts, but you have to be weary of the injury concerns and take that into account when deciding on his draft day valuation.
Feb 15 - 3:08 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is "optimistic" about Ryan Howard's health.

"Ryan Howard joined us in the last three games of the season and he looked good," Sandberg said. "Now he's had four months of training and working out in Clearwater. I know he's dropped some weight and doing some baseball activities." Howard's surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee ended his 2013 campaign prematurely, the second straight injury-ravaged season he's suffered through. "I think he's going to be on the field and healthy and he's going to provide solid offense for us," said general manager Ruben Amaro. "And I know if he's on the field, that's what he's doing, and we'll win games because he is on the field. ... He's 100 percent. There's nothing medically wrong with him. His knee's fine. His calf's fine. It's time for him to play and produce."
Jan 28 - 10:13 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) is not expected to return this season.

Howard began baseball activities Thursday, but the Phillies' main concern is getting their first baseman healthy for the start of next season as he works his way back from knee surgery. "Counterproductive," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said of the prospect of Howard returning this season. "At this point, counterproductive. We're talking about his health, getting healthy and getting strong, and having the offseason ahead of him. You don't want any fallbacks or anything. I think until he gets into baseball shape, which is not going to happen between now and the middle of September or the end of September ... we'll have him get in baseball shape."
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 09:05:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) will begin baseball activities on Thursday.

He was given clearance after visiting with a doctor Monday. Howard had surgery five weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will be eased back into things. The Phillies aren't ruling out a late-season return, but assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said the main goal is to get him "to the point where there are no surprises in spring training next year."
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 09:23:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) hasn't resumed swinging a bat.

Howard is now one month removed from to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The veteran first baseman has lost about 15-20 pounds during the rehab process and is currently working on an anti-gravity treadmill. The Phillies are hoping to get him back at some point in September.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 05:33:00 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) has not yet been cleared to hit.

Howard is doing some other baseball activities, but he's not swinging a bat yet and it's not clear when he'll be cleared to do so. "He's been throwing and doing some other things," Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said. "Again, we don't have a timeline for him. We hope he gets back in September at some point. Right now, we're just trying to get him as close to 100 percent as possible. We're not going to bring him here and have him play in Philadelphia unless we think he's absolutely 100 percent and ready to go."
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 09:58:00 PM

Ryan Howard underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee.

Howard is expected to be on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks, which suggests a late-August or early-September return. Darin Ruf and John Mayberry, Jr. are going to split the available action at first base in the meantime.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.

Howard was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with what was described as left knee inflammation, but surgery was always considered a possibility. The timeline places his return in late August or early September and the Phillies figure to be on the conservative side given how much money they have invested in him. Darin Ruf and John Mayberry, Jr. should see time at first base while he's out.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 04:39:00 PM

The Phillies haven't ruled out knee surgery for Ryan Howard.

Howard was placed on the disabled list on Saturday with left knee inflammation. He will have an MRI on Sunday or Monday, after which more should be known. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said the team will be "conservative" with their handling of their first baseman, so even if Howard avoids a knee procedure he could end up missing more than just 15 days. Surgery would almost certainly end Howard's season.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 07:18:00 PM

Phillies placed 1B Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Howard was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Saturday after feeling some knee discomfort while taking pregame grounders. The hope is he'll be ready to return when his 15 days are up. Darin Ruf was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster vacancy.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Ryan Howard was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Saturday evening due to left knee discomfort.

Laynce Nix will start at first base against the Braves. Howard did not feel good after taking pregame grounders on Saturday afternoon. He's considered day-to-day.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 05:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2John Mayberry
3Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Jayson Nix
3B1Cody Asche
LF1Domonic Brown
CF1Ben Revere
2Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
6Jonathan Pettibone
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ethan Martin
6B.J. Rosenberg
7Mario Hollands
8Jeff Manship