Ryan Howard RUMORS & NEWS

  • MLB asks USADA to assist in Al Jazeera PED investigation

    SB Nation "The Al Jazeera PED documentary story has taken yet another turn, as Major League Baseball has enlisted the assistance of the US Anti-Doping Agency in its investigation of the documentary's claims. MLB hopes to find out if players Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman received banned drugs, as was..." January 27

  • Expect Ryan Howard to be riding the pine against lefties in 2016

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Phillies manager Pete Mackanin spoke to the media for the first time in 2016, and he made a point of saying that your reputation and your salary will have little bearing on how much playing time you get this coming season. Rather, if you hit, you will play. It’s that simple. That goes..." January 20

  • Ryan Howard files defamation lawsuit against PED accuser

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has backed up his threat. He is suing the Al Jazeera network. The Phillies' slugger filed a defamation suit Tuesday night in Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. The suit was filed against the Al Jazeera network and two reporters who worked on a documentary that connected..." January 06

  • Attorney for Howard, Zimmerman denies PED report

    MLB.com "The lawyer for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman vehemently denied a report that they received performance-enhancing drugs, calling the claims "outright lies" and vowing to fight them in court. William Burck of Quinn Emanuel represents Howard and..." December 28

  • Report: Howard, Zimmerman linked to PEDs

    The Score "Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, and free-agent catcher Taylor Teagarden have been listed among several athletes linked to performance-enhancing drugs. On Saturday, The Huffington Post named the three major-league players based..." December 27

  • Report: MLB to investigate doping allegations against Howard, Zimmerman

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and the NFL will each investigate claims made in an Al Jazeera documentary that legendary quarterback Peyton Manning and other athletes, including Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies, used performance enhancing drugs..." December 27

  • Pete Mackanin 50-50 on whether to continue Ryan Howard platoon

    CSN Philly "Pete Mackanin’s most significant decision after taking over as Phillies manager last season was to turn Ryan Howard into a platoon player. Mackanin made the decision to stop playing Howard against left-handed pitchers in August. Darin Ruf was installed as the starting first baseman against..." December 09

  • Pat Gillick: There was no trade interest in Ryan Howard in 2015

    CSN Philly "A year after announcing that the Phillies were embarking on a rebuild, Pat Gillick still believes the club is “two or three years” away from contending. But that doesn’t mean Gillick did not see progress in Year 1 of the rebuild. The Hall of Fame executive, who relinquished his role as club..." October 20

  • Platoon likely to remain if Howard back with Phillies in 2016

    CSN Philly "On Tuesday afternoon, it looked as if Ryan Howard would get on the field before the season ended. Twenty-four hours later, it wasn’t looking so good. So, as a public service, here’s our take on the drama surrounding Howard and whether he will or won’t play again as this woeful season grinds..." October 01

  • Maikel Franco, Ryan Howard doubtful to play again this season

    Hardball Talk "Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco has been on the shelf since early August with a fracture in his left wrist. He’s been making progress on the side and recently got sent to the club’s spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida to begin ramping up his rehab. But it doesn’t sound like he’ll..." September 23

  • Is Ryan Howard’s tenure with the Phillies over?

    iSportsweb "In a season where Philadelphia Phillies fans have been more excited for the season to end than for it to start, pieces of the team’s past glory have been fading into obscurity and/or wearing different uniforms. With Cole Hamels traded to the Texas Rangers, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley now in Los..." September 17

  • Eight possible spots for Ryan Howard, and more notes

    CBS Sports "Ryan Howard is healthy and he is hitting, and this is may be the best chance for the Phillies to finally get serious about trading him. Howard could help a contender, and it's high time for the Phillies to stop "playing hard to get," in trade talks involving Howard, which is how one rival..." May 30

  • For Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, a warming trend

    CSN Philly "Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have not turned back the clock. They have not put Father Time in a headlock and showed him who’s boss. This is not a return to the good old days. But these two aging pillars of the Phillies’ long-gone championship run are swinging the bats better and finding more..." May 22

  • Gillick hopes somebody will notice Howard heating up

    Delco Times "The Phillies head out of town for 10 days, and this season the long road trips will create a sense of wonder as to whether the team will return with all of their veterans still on the roster. The Detroit Tigers’ continued closer troubles quickly brought Jonathan Papelbon’s name back into the..." April 27

  • Report: Phillies willing to swallow $50 million to trade Ryan Howard

    Sports On Earth "We're waiting -- patiently, expectantly, sometimes obnoxiously -- for a Cole Hamels trade that, for all we know, might never materialize. And the way things are trending in Phillies camp, with Cliff Lee pulling up lame and Aaron Harang battling a bum back and Jerome Williams scratched from..." March 18

  • Report: Orioles watching this spring Ryan Howard

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard had a pair of singles for the Phillies. He and Asche were the lone regulars in the starting lineup. Sources say the Orioles are keeping an eye on Howard this spring. On the pitching side, Aaron Harang, Adam Morgan and Paul Clemens each pitched two scoreless innings. Phillippe..." March 10

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    Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

    Howard just spoke for the 1st time this spring. He said he cut out sugar from his diet starting back in Nov. & has lost 15-20 lbs. #Phillies

  • Sandberg impressed with Ryan Howard's improved quickness

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has yet to speak with reporters at Phillies camp, but it’s clear from watching him in workouts for a couple of days that he has gotten himself into pretty good shape. Howard’s improved physical condition — he looks trim and firm — stands out in baserunning and fielding drills. Gone..." February 27

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    Meghan Montemurro @M_Montemurro

    Unless he gets unseated Sandberg said Ryan Howard will be #Phillies first baseman this yr. Spoke to Howard a month ago, said he was positive

  • Ryne Sandberg says first base is Ryan Howard’s job to lose

    CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg doesn’t care for the R-word. “I don’t look at it as rebuild,” the Phillies manager said Wednesday, the day before pitchers and catchers hold their first workout of the spring. “I look at it as, well, transition.” The transition began in the fall when club president Pat..." February 18

  • Phillies continue to seek big haul for Hamels, taker for Howard

    CSN Philly "The Phillies open spring training camp in Clearwater five weeks from today with their first workout for pitchers and catchers. Will Cole Hamels be there? Five days later, position players will join the group for the first official full-squad workout. Will Ryan Howard be there? As NFL..." January 15

  • Phillies should be able to find a taker for Ryan Howard

    Fox Sports "The start of spring training is a little more than a month away. The clock is ticking for the Phillies to trade first baseman Ryan Howard, a task that should not be as difficult as it has proven to be. Yet another potential destination for Howard vanished Saturday when the Rays acquired John..." January 12

  • Ryan Howard can block trades to 20 teams

    ESPN "As Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explores trades involving first baseman Ryan Howard, he faces challenges beyond trying to move an underperforming player with a big contract. Under the terms of Howard's five-year, $125 million contract with the Phillies, he can block..." January 06

  • Ryan Howard trade rumors: Ruben Amaro Jr. says it would be best if Phillies move on from first baseman

    Newark Star-Ledger "In the immediate aftermath of the Phillies finalizing a trade sending shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, it doesn't appear that the organization is anywhere close to being finished wheeling and dealing. The next veteran out the door could very well be former MVP first baseman..." December 21

  • Phillies: Trading Howard remains priority

    Courier-Post "The Phillies are heading down a path that could create a very uncomfortable situation come spring training. It is common knowledge the Phillies would love to move first baseman Ryan Howard, which is a challenge given the money owed ($60 million) to a 35-year-old whose body has robbed him of..." December 10

  • Ryan Howard recently finished legal battle with family over money

    Philly.com "It was late July when Ryan Howard pointedly asked a reporter if he wanted to trade places with him. The anguish in his tone was palpable. A former perennial MVP candidate, the slugger's career was nearing its nadir. Two years removed from a return from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, Howard..." November 19

  • Is Ryan Howard tradable?

    ESPN "Ryan Howard has had his last at-bat as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. That’s what the Phillies hope, anyway. That’s their goal, according to rival executives. The Chicago Cubs want to add high-end pitching and contend. The Los Angeles Dodgers are thinking World Series or bust, again...." November 04

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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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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