Ryan Howard's Leg Injury Not Serious
Ryan Howard, resting an injured left leg, sat out the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. The reigning NL MVP is expected to be sidelined at least one more game.
Howard hurt himself running out a fielder's choice grounder in the 10th inning Wednesday night, but stayed in for the rest of Philadelphia's 5-4, 13-inning loss and went 0-for-5 to drop his average to .213 for the season.
The Phillies listed him as day-to-day, saying he sprained a ligament just below the knee. X-rays done Wednesday showed nothing was torn and that an MRI wouldn't be necessary.
Greg Dobbs started at first base in Howard's place, going 0-for-4 Thursday while Pat Burrell moved up in the batting order from fifth to cleanup and went 0-for-1 with three walks. The struggling Phillies find themselves in last place in the NL East at 4-10 this season.