Monday, August 2, 2010

Nats Take Out Ryan Howard

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In Sunday's game between the Nats and the Phillies, John Lannan got a bit shelled in the first inning. One Phillies player involved in that abuse was Ryan Howard. In all reality, Howard only got punked in the elbow. But he got moved over to 2nd base on a Ben Francisco single.

As you'll see below, Michael Morse tried to toss out Howard as he overran 2nd base. On the way back, Howard rolled his ankle pretty badly and got pulled from the game.

All reports indicate that Howard will be day-to-day for now with a sprained ankle, but it's entirely possible that he could yet end up on the DL. When speaking with The Philadelphia Inquirer about the possibility of a DL stint this late in the season, he responded, "I hope not. It's kind of a bad sprain.''

This is the last thing the Phillies can afford with Chase Utley and Shane Victorino already on the DL as they push for a 3rd consecutive NL title.

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