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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
Contract: view contract details

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Ryan Howard (knee) is not expected to return to the Phillies lineup this season.
While he has not been officially shut down yet, the veteran slugger hasn't faced live pitching since September 14. Darin Ruf will continue to handle first base in his absence. Howard will finish his 2015 campaign hitting .229/.277/.443 with 23 homers and 77 RBI in 129 games. Oct 3 - 3:12 PM

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A doubleheader between the Malins and Phillies has been scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm ET following Friday's rain-out.

Updating a previous news story, a doubleheader has been scheduled for Saturday at 4 pm ET following Friday's rain delay. Official word on the pitch match-ups should follow shortly.
Oct 2 - 3:42 PM

Friday's contest between the Phillies and Marlins has been postponed.

The east coast is being lashed with a strong line of storms and the Phillies and Marlins are the first casualty of the evening, as their game has been postponed. More details should follow.
Oct 2 - 3:28 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) is now doubtful to play in one of the Phillies' final five games.

There was talk Wednesday morning of Howard being able to return to action this weekend, but it sounds like that is officially off the table. Howard has been out since September 14 with a bruised left knee and wasn't feeling too hot when he arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) could return to the Phillies' lineup this week.

Howard has been sidelined for two weeks with a bruised left knee but has been taking batting practice since last Friday. Three of the final five pitchers the Phillies are lined up to face are left-handed, but perhaps Howard could start on Saturday against righty Tom Koehler.
Sep 30 - 9:13 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) will resume hitting and fielding grounders this weekend.

It will be the first time he's done either activity since injuring his left knee on September 14. Howard still doesn't look terribly likely to return this season, but the Phillies aren't ruling it out.
Sep 25 - 10:48 AM

Ryan Howard (knee) is doubtful to return this year.

Howard has been out since September 14 with a bruised left knee and isn't showing much improvement in his side workouts. Darin Ruf figures to get the majority of the playing time at first base the rest of the way.
Sep 22 - 5:12 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) remains absent from the Phillies' starting lineup Tuesday versus the Marlins.

Howard hasn't played since bruising his balky left knee on September 14 and it's not clear when he might be ready. Darin Ruf is at first base on Tuesday night.
Sep 22 - 4:22 PM

An MRI taken Wednesday on Ryan Howard's left knee showed up negative for structural damage.

Howard bruised the knee Monday and had to go to a local hospital to have some fluid drained. He is out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday and could remain sidelined for over a week, but the veteran first baseman expects to return before the end of the year. Darin Ruf will continue to fill in at first base.
Sep 16 - 4:18 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) is no longer using crutches.

That's encouraging, but a timetable for the first baseman is still up in the air. Howard had to leave Monday's game with a bruised left knee and had to go to the hospital to have the knee drained. Darin Ruf will handle first base until he's ready to return.
Sep 16 - 4:01 PM

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said that while Ryan Howard (knee) is considered day-to-day, it "could be eight days from now."

Howard departed Monday's game with a bruised left knee and had to go to the hospital to have the knee drained. "That doesn't look good," Mackanin said of the injury. It's looking like Darin Ruf will handle first base for the Phillies for a while.
Sep 15 - 9:12 PM

Ryan Howard (knee) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

Howard exited Monday's game with a left knee contusion. Jim Salisbury of reported that he left the ballpark on crutches, so it sounds like he could be sidelined for a few days. Darin Ruf will fill in at first base.
Sep 15 - 2:01 PM

Ryan Howard departed Monday's game against the Mets with a left knee contusion.

It's unclear how Howard suffered the injury or if he might be sent for an X-ray. The veteran first baseman had a solo homer in the game before exiting.
Sep 14 - 9:42 PM

Ryan Howard went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a two-run home run as the Phillies defeated the Cubs on Sunday.

Howard tied the game at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, then ripped a two-run home run to right field against Dan Haren in the third. Howard had doubled in each of his previous two games after enduring an 0-for-35 slump between August 29 and September 11. The veteran slugger is batting .228/.277/.438 with 22 home runs and 76 RBI on the season.
Sep 13 - 4:50 PM

The Phillies will not renew the contract of general manager and vice president Ruben Amaro Jr.

Scott Proefrock will take over as the interim GM in Philly, effective immediately. He had been serving as the assistant GM under Amaro. It's not a surprising move after what has transpired in Philadelphia over the last four years, but Amaro has done well to beef up the club's farm system since it was declared that the Phillies would go into rebuilding mode. It should be a highly attractive job opening this winter if the Phillies don't stay with Proefrock into 2016.
Sep 10 - 12:16 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Andres Blanco
3Darnell Sweeney
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
2Aaron Altherr
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
3Brian Bogusevic
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Harang
2Aaron Nola
3Matt Harrison
4Adam Morgan
5Jerad Eickhoff
6Alec Asher
7David Buchanan
8Cliff Lee
9Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Justin De Fratus
3Luis Garcia
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Elvis Araujo
7Hector Neris
8Adam Loewen
9Colton Murray
10Dalier Hinojosa
11Ken Roberts
12Nefi Ogando
13Jerome Williams