Phillies place Howard on 15-day disabled list

The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on

the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to left knee

inflammation.

Howard originally was in Saturday’s starting lineup but was a

late scratch. The three-time All-Star has struggled while playing

through the knee injury, batting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs

this season.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Howard would have an

MRI on Sunday or Monday.

”It got to the point where it’s time for him to get off of it,

the discomfort is too great,” Amaro said. ”This is a big blow to

us.”

The Phillies called up Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to

take Howard’s place. Ruf batted .266 with seven homers and 46 RBIs

at Lehigh Valley. He had two homers and nine RBIs in 57 at-bats for

the Phillies last season.