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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
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin indicated Tuesday that Ryan Howard could be platooned against left-handed pitching in 2016.
The arrangement worked well during the second half last season, with Darin Ruf thriving against southpaws. Mackanin hasn't made an official decision about how the playing time will shake out in 2016, but Howard will need to perform. "I’m going to make that decision in the spring," said Mackanin. "But at this point, I’m going to have a discussion with Ryan and tell him, ‘If you want to face lefties, you have to hit them better. If you don’t hit them better, I’m going to platoon.’ That’s basically what we’re looking at. It’s gotten to that point." Howard, who is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, hit just .130 with a .418 OPS vs. left-handers last season. Jan 20 - 10:15 AM

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In an undercover report filed by Al-Jazeera, Ryan Howard, Ryan Zimmerman and Taylor Teagarden were among several athletes linked to performance enhancing drugs.

The headliner of the group is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who allegedly received shipments of human growth hormone from an anti-aging clinic in Indiana. The Al-Jazeera report airs on Sunday night but Huffington Post is already reporting the details. It's worth noting that the report's main source, pharmacist Charlie Sly, has backtracked on many of his earlier claims. The story is still developing and there will surely be more to follow.
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 10:31:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 03:12:00 PM

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.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 03:42:00 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.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 03:28:00 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.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 04:22:00 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.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 09:13:00 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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 10:48:00 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.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 05:12:00 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.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 04:22:00 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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:18:00 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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:01:00 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.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 09:12:00 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.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 02:01:00 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.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 09:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
3J.P. Arencibia
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Darnell Sweeney
3Taylor Featherston
4Emmanuel Burriss
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Andres Blanco
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
2Roman Quinn
3Cedric Hunter
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Tyler Goeddel
3David Lough
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Nola
2Jeremy Hellickson
3Charlie Morton
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Vincent Velasquez
7Matt Harrison
8Adam Morgan
9David Buchanan
Relief Pitcher
R1David Hernandez
2Luis Garcia
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Mario Hollands
5Elvis Araujo
6Hector Neris
7Andrew Bailey
8Edward Mujica
9Colton Murray
10Jimmy Cordero
11Dalier Hinojosa
12Edubray Ramos
13Michael Mariot
14Daniel Stumpf