Ryan Howard RUMORS & NEWS

  • Stock Watch: Lester enters fray; Phils' Lee, Howard may be untradeable

    CBSSports.com "Red Sox ace Jon Lester zooms to the top in his first week of consideration in a trade-deadline edition of Stock Watch. With the Red Sox now listening to overtures on their ace, Lester is now finally eligible to make the prestigious list in July; there's no doubt he qualifies based on..." July 28

  • Ruben Amaro shoots down Ryan Howard release talk

    CSN Philly "Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. emphatically shot down reports that the organization is considering releasing struggling slugger Ryan Howard after the season. “That is not something we are contemplating,” Amaro said Friday morning. “I don’t know where that’s coming from. “Our goal..." July 26

  • Report: Phillies considering releasing Ryan Howard

    Rumors & Rants "A few years ago Ryan Howard was one of the most feared hitters in baseball, and now he’s on the verge of being out of the game altogether. On Wednesday a report surfaced claiming that the Philadelphia Phillies are considering paying the rest of Howard’s contract and releasing him after the..." July 24

  • Ryan Howard has officially been benched by the Phillies

    Hardball Talk "Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday that the Phillies have considered releasing struggling first baseman Ryan Howard with more than $60 million remaining on his contract and today is the day it becomes totally clear that the former MVP has been benched. Philadelphia is facing a..." July 24

  • Rollins, Howard lead Phillies to victory

    Courier-Post "Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led the way out of the Philadelphia Phillies’ offensive slump. Rollins homered early, then hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning that sent the Phillies past the Colorado Rockies 10-9 Sunday. Rollins finished with three hits as the Phillies averted a series..." April 21

  • Phillies move Ryan Howard out of the cleanup spot for the first time since 2008

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Howard batted cleanup for the Phillies on Opening Day, going 2-for-5 with a walk (and three strikeouts) in a wild 14-10 win over the Rangers, but manager Ryne Sandberg is switching things up for Game 2 tonight. Sandberg has moved Marlon Byrd into the cleanup spot against Rangers..." April 01

  • Phillies' Howard just letting his bat do the talking

    Courier-Post "Ryan Howard does not want to discuss how good he’s feeling this spring. Judging by his play Tuesday, which marked the first game of spring, it’s easy to assume he’s feeling OK. Howard went 2-for-2 on a toasty day at Bright House Field, his second hit a solo smash to center field off lefty Cesar..." February 26

  • Phillies' Howard is again singing the same old tune

    Courier-Post "Ryan Howard sauntered into the cafeteria at Bright House Field, all smiles, and talked for nearly 20 minutes. He laughed at points. He was combative at others. His words, however, rang hollow. “We’ve had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don’t think it’s over,”..." February 16

  • Ryan Howard scoffs at platoon talk

    CSN Philly "Will Ryan Howard be a platoon player in 2014? Will he sit against left-handed pitching? Folks have been asking these questions all winter because Howard struggled mightily against left-handed pitching the last two seasons. His batting average against lefties over the span was .173 (31 for..." February 16

  • Phillies hopeful Howard can bounce back

    CSN Washington "The Philadelphia Phillies’ offseason has been defined by trade rumors involving their most prominent players, as the Nats’ NL East rivals have sent mixed signals on their plans for the future. Are they trading away their assets or holding the current roster together for another year? It’s no..." December 22

  • Ryan Howard and a cautionary tale of locking players up too early

    CBSSports.com "Earlier Saturday, the three Eye On Baseball writers discussed how much we'd pay Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in a contract extension, even though he's not a free agent until after next season. My colleague Dayn Perry argued that he'd wait until after the season because he wouldn't want to jump the..." November 16

  • Phillies having Howard get in baseball shape

    MLB.com "Don't bet on seeing Ryan Howard again until Spring Training 2014. The first baseman is recovering from left knee surgery in July and it became clear on Thursday that the Phillies see little point in rushing him back to play a handful of games at the end of the season. "Counterproductive"..." August 23

  • Ryan Howard to have MRI on Monday

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard will have an MRI on his injured left knee on Monday, and the possibility of surgery remains an option for the Phillies' slugger, he announced after Sunday’s victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park (see Instant Replay). Howard went on the disabled list on Saturday after taking..." July 08

  • Ryan Howard out 6-8 weeks with torn meniscus

    Philly.com "Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after an MRI revealed that the pain in his knee was actually a torn meniscus, which will require surgery. The Phillies placed Howard on the disabled list on Saturday due to left knee inflammation, something that has..." July 08

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    Matt Gelb @magelb

    Ryan Howard has a meniscus tear. He will need surgery that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

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    Matt Gelb @magelb

    Phillies will not rule out knee surgery for Ryan Howard. He will go for an MRI Sunday or Monday. Amaro said team will be "conservative."

  • Phillies place Ryan Howard on DL with knee inflammation

    CBSSports.com "Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who was recently called out by GM Ruben Amaro, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left-knee inflammation. Howard received a cortisone shot in his left knee last Sunday, but the knee hasn't responded as hoped. This season, the 33-year-old Howard..." July 06

  • Struggling Howard benched for two days

    CSN Philly "A year and a half into his five-year, $125 million contract, Ryan Howard has been benched. Howard, mired in an 0-for-16 slump, was held out of the Phillies' lineup Friday night. One game is a day off. More than one is a benching. Manager Charlie Manuel said Howard would also sit out..." June 29

  • Howard’s knee problem is a day-to-day issue

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard returned to the Phillies' starting lineup Monday night, a day after his sore left knee required him to rest for the third time in eight days Sunday. Howard has some cartilage abnormalities in the knee. A cortisone injection administered last week briefly alleviated the pain Howard..." May 28

  • Sore knee still slowing Phillies' Ryan Howard

    Courier-Post "The first Ryan Howard appearance Sunday came in the eighth-inning of a blowout. It was a strange day to sit Howard, though he’s been struggling of late, since Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is a righty. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game he sat Howard because the first..." May 27

  • Feeling better after shot, Ryan Howard returns to lineup

    Philly.com "Ryan Howard is not a fatalist except when it comes to matters of health, those of which are generally beyond the $125 million first baseman's control. He will take his chances. A cortisone shot reduced the pain from inflammation in his left knee. A doctor examined it and proclaimed him fit for..." May 22

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    Ryan Lawrence @ryanlawrence21

    Ryan Howard is in the starting lineup.

  • Carlos Ruiz to DL, Howard day-to-day

    Philly.com "Carlos Ruiz suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain on Sunday. He will be placed on the DL on Tuesday, to make room on the roster for Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd has to be activated to make his second start of the season. Ruiz is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks, a big blow to an offense that relied heavily..." May 21

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Howard has change in meniscus and inflammation in knee. Had shot yesterday. Day to day for now.

  • Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard to have MRIs on Monday

    CSN Philly "As his teammates packed up their gear and got ready to head to the airport for the eight-game trip that begins in Miami on Monday night, Carlos Ruiz limped across the clubhouse in his workout gear. Instead of heading to Miami on Monday, Ruiz will stay in Philadelphia to have an MRI on his..." May 20

  • His speed may not be, but Ryan Howard's power is back

    Allentown Morning Call "After Ryan Howard was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple in the third inning Friday night, it became obvious that his Achilles injury has forever robbed him of the title, "a big guy who can run." The extensive surgery and recovery, though, has left intact the title, "big guy..." May 04

  • Howard the hero in Hamels' win, Phils' sweep

    MLB.com "Fresh as a daisy after six long innings of rest it did not appear he needed, Ryan Howard came off the bench Sunday to key the Phillies' 5-1 win over the Mets, completing a three-game sweep at Citi Field. Despite eight RBIs in his last four games and home runs in his last two, the first baseman..." April 28

  • Howard's power the missing piece

    Allentown Morning Call "Maybe the power of positive thinking will make it happen. With the way things have gone so far, Charlie Manuel is willing to try. In what turned out to be another Phillies loss — this time 2-0 to the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park — and another game in which Cole Hamels was lacking run..." April 24

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    Matt Gelb @magelb

    No Ryan Howard for the second straight night. Rollins 6, Galvis 7, Utley 4, Young 5, Brown 9, Mayberry 3, Revere 8, Kratz 2, Lee 1.

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    Ryan Lawrence @ryanlawrence21

    Howard has sore groin. Available to pinch hit.

  • Ryan Howard feeling early frustration after ugly Phillies loss in home opener

    Delaware County Times "Somewhere in the book of never-written but always-honored baseball rules is the one that says players should never flinch after one early-season loss, no matter how unsightly, no matter how disappointing. Ryan Howard broke that rule Friday. While dressing quickly and preparing to leave, the..." April 06

  • Ryan Howard in touch with David Ortiz' pain

    Boston Herald "Ryan Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon on the final at-bat of the 2011 NL Division Series, requiring surgery and causing the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman to miss the first half of last season. But in some ways, he feels more fortunate than David Ortiz. In the eight months since..." March 25

  • Ryan Howard would love to play in WBC, if needed

    CSN Philly "Mark Teixeira is out of the World Baseball Classic. If Team USA is interested in adding Ryan Howard, the Phillies’ first baseman would listen. “Definitely,” Howard said at Phillies camp Wednesday morning. “It’s always a great honor to represent your country. I’d love to do it, but I don’t know..." March 06

  • What to Expect From Howard in 2013

    Phillies Nation "Let us pause for a second for a moment of self-acknowledgement: in 2011, I joined Phillies Nation after years of running a lightly traffic’ed blog about the Phillies and music, while posting pictures of Greek Yogurt and other healthy foods I was convinced I was going to try to incorporate into my..." February 18

  • Upbeat Ryan Howard: 'The window is still open'

    CSN Philly "On a rainy day at Phillies camp, Ryan Howard was Mr. Sunshine. “Let’s have a happy attitude about asking questions,” he told reporters as he opened his first news conference of the spring Thursday. The questions were not particularly happy. They seldom are after a season in which a player..." February 15

  • 2012 Phillies Exit Interview: Ryan Howard

    The Good Phight "273 days after tearing his Achilles tendon, Ryan Howard returned to the field. On the second pitch he saw, he doubled to deep center field. The Big Piece was back. Except he wasn't. Watching him lumber those 180 feet from home to second made it quite obvious that his return was not going to be..." October 31

  • Ryan Howard breaks toe; season over

    Philly.com "No one moment can better characterize this cursed Phillies season than Ryan Howard breaking his right big toe while standing in the on-deck circle. He did Thursday it by dropping a lead pipe he uses for practice swings. The $125 million slugger's season, the most trying of his career, is over...." September 29

  • Howard's 300th HR of his career, the Atlanta connection

    Fightin Phillies "On September 22, 2012, Ryan Howard hit another milestone in his career with his 300th home run of his career. Howard of course has hit all of those as a Phillies player. He started with his first home run of his career back in 2004 on September 11th when he took Bartolome Fortunato deep in New..." September 23

  • Hot Howard belts 300th career HR

    Courier-Post "Ryan Howard is finally looking like his old self. Howard, who missed half the season with an Achilles injury, struggled with his power early on, something he and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel attributed to his lack of playing time this season. That doesn't appear to be a problem any..." September 23

  • Howard's dramatic HR keeps Phillies alive

    CSN Philly "Halfway between first and second base as he began another home run trot, Ryan Howard's right arm shot into the air. This one felt really good. "He was due," manager Charlie Manuel understated. Facing a left-handed reliever with two outs and one on in a one-run game at Citi Field, Howard..." September 20

  • Howard's homer keeps Phillies alive

    Courier-Post "It looked as if "R.I.P." was already etched in the Phillies' headstone. The Phillies had been thoroughly dominated by Matt Harvey and the underachieving Mets bullpen Wednesday. They only managed two hits, one on the fourth pitch of the game and didn't record another until the eighth..." September 20

  • Matt Harvey's gem goes to waste as NY Mets give one away to Philadelphia Phillies

    New York Daily News "Mets rookie Matt Harvey pitched his final game of the season Wednesday and went out with a flourish that will have fans eagerly anticipating spring training. The 24-year-old righthander sparkled, giving up one hit on seven innings against Philadelphia. But a superb effort went for naught when..." September 20

  • Mr. September not finding success

    Courier-Post "September has not been kind to Ryan Howard. Howard, still finishing off the healing process from a torn achilles, has sputtered to a .193 batting average this month, with 15 strikeouts in 57 at-bats heading into Monday's game.. The man who's supposed to be the Phillies' biggest home-run threat..." September 18

  • Who's afraid of Ryan Howard? Not the Astros

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard is hitting .193 in September. But Houston Astros manager Tony DeFrancesco didn't need the stat sheet to tell him that Howard was struggling. All he had to do was look at Howard's swing. That's why DeFrancesco ordered two intentional walks of Chase Utley in front of Howard on Sunday..." September 17

  • Howard plays hero in Phillies' walkoff win

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard didn't bother to kid himself – or anyone else. He knows he's struggled at the plate lately. "For me, it's been a timing issue," Howard admitted. The Phillies slugger is hitting .208 with 10 home runs this season since coming off the disabled list. "It's kind of been in between –..." August 06

  • Mired in a slump, Howard sits out series finale

    PhillyBurbs.com "Ryan Howard hadn't even reached his locker before he was stopped in the hallway by Phillies' director of team travel and clubhouse services Frank Coppenbarger. "Charlie wants to see you," Coppenbarger said. After quickly stopping to change into a sweatshirt from his street clothes, Howard..." August 03

  • Howard admits his hitting is 'in a funk'

    Delaware County Times "When he wasn't manning first base, Ryan Howard saddled up next to his manager during Wednesday night's game at Nationals Park. The two were chatting about Charlie Manuel's favorite subject. "We were talking about his hitting, and how he felt," Manuel said. Howard is not feeling all that..." August 03

  • Home run a 'deep' relief for Phillies' Howard

    Courier-Post "Ryan Howard hit the ball out of the park for the first time this season and Joe Blanton kept the ball in the yard for the first time in more than two months. As a result, the Phillies had their first three-game winning streak since late May. Howard homered leading off the fourth inning for..." July 18

  • Manuel taking a cautious approach with Howard

    Courier-Post "Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before Friday's game he will take precautions during Ryan Howard's ballyhooed early return from a rehab assignment. Howard will likely have off Saturday and play Sunday before the Phillies hit the All-Star break. The last time Phillies fans saw "Big Piece"..." July 07

  • Phillies fall to Braves 5-0 in Howard's return

    Courier-Post "The last time he took the mound, Kyle Kendrick essentially pitched the Phillies out of the game. This time around, the oft-maligned right-hander singlehandedly gave them a chance to win. Yet, slugger Ryan Howard's hyped return did nothing to inject life into the Phillies' lethargic offense,..." July 07

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