Ryan Howard 6 | First Base

Philadelphia Phillies

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Thu. July 24, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Howard is not in the lineup Thursday against the Giants. Impact: Howard is 22-for-67 (.328 average) with seven homers in his career against right-hander Tim Hudson, Thursday's starter for San Francisco, but manager Ryne Sandberg has decided to give the nod at first base to Darin Ruf instead. Sandberg suggested Wednesday that Howard may be deployed in a platoon moving forward, but this move suggests the team is considering giving Ruf an extended look.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 23, 2014
News: Howard might be deployed in a platoon at first base going forward, CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports. "As far as the lineup, that will be a day-to-day thing," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Wednesday's game. "I know what [Howard] can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward." Impact: Ruf, who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday, started at first base Wednesday against lefty Madison Bumgarner -- a trend that is likely to continue against southpaws for the time being. Howard is slashing just .168/.269/.221 over his last 25 games, and his career struggles against left-handed pitching have been well documented. In addition to Ruf, Howard could also have to contend with prospect Maikel Franco if he is recalled from Triple-A later this season. There are also reports that the team is willing to move on without Howard for 2015 and beyond, which would mean paying him $60 million at the end of the season to get out from under his contract. His fantasy value is at an all-time low.(RotoWire, )
Wed. July 23, 2014
News: Howard is out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Giants, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Impact: The combination of Tuesday's 14-inning game and the fact that a lefty in Madison Bumgarner will be starting for the Giants made it a relatively easy decision for manager Ryne Sandberg to give Howard the night off. Sandberg has shown an increased willingness to shield Howard from left-handed pitching than previous manager Charlie Manuel, so there's a chance the slugging first baseman could eventually fall into a platoon at the position with the newly-recalled Darin Ruf, who gets the start Wednesday.(RotoWire, )
Mon. July 21, 2014
News: Howard had a productive night Monday, going 2-for-5 with two RBI in a loss to the Giants. Impact: Howard has been struggling mightily this month, hitting just .113 for July before his two-hit game Monday. The big first baseman has 15 home runs and 60 RBI this season, but has done so to the tune of a .220 average.(RotoWire, )
July 20, 2014
News: Howard is not in the lineup Sunday vs. the Braves, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Impact: With lefty Alex Wood on the mound for Atlanta, manager Ryne Sandberg will do his best to play the matchup with Philadelphia's lefty-heavy lineup. Both Howard and Ben Revere will sit, with John Mayberry and Grady Sizemore subbing in, respectively.(RotoWire, )
Fri. July 11, 2014
News: Howard went 2 for 5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in Thursday's 9-1 win at Milwaukee. Impact: Howard's homer was his first since June 19, a stretch of 21 games. He has 15 long balls on the season.(STATS, 5:30pm)
Thu. July 10, 2014
News: Howard doubled, homered and drove in three runs Thursday against the Brewers. Impact: Howard's 15th homer of the year was a garbage-time shot off back-of-the-roster pitcher Wei-Chung Wang, but they all count the same. Both hits did come off lefties. It was his first multi-hit game since June 26 and first homer since June 19.(RotoWire, )
Ryan Howard
2014 Season
Ht: 6' 4"  Wt: 250  Age: 34
Bats: L  Throws: L
Born: 11/19/1979, St. Louis, Missouri
College: Missouri State
Debut: 2004
Salary: $25,000,000
Injury Status
No Current Injury