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Howard: thigh issue

Postby The Big Train » Mon May 07, 2007 5:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO - The foundation is weak, so the building is unsteady.
Ryan Howard yesterday admitted that the left thigh strain he suffered March 1 when the Phillies opened spring training in Lakeland, Fla., has affected him since then, and that his hectic January schedule has contributed to how he dealt with it.

"Right now, my leg and everything like that - I can't get comfortable," Howard said. "It's tough to get it where it feels good."

Would a couple of weeks on the disabled list help?

"Maybe it would," Howard said.

Fat chance of that happening. He hit a two-run homer in the third inning last night in the Phillies' 8-5 win over the Giants. But then, he has looked decent in other stretches this season.

He has minimized the injury's impact in the past, though it has played a part in his slow start. He was benched Saturday for the second time in a week; both times, lefthanders started for the opposition.

Howard entered yesterday hitting .198. He was 5-for-38 against lefthanders with 21 strikeouts. He was 8-for-44 with 21 strikeouts since compounding the thigh injury with a sprained left knee April 18.

The knee, Howard said, improves daily. The thigh nags.

His left leg's soundness matters because Howard's stance requires him to spread his feet wide, open up with his right foot slightly toward first base and his knees deeply bent. His left leg hasn't been able to sufficiently support his 265-pound bulk. He refused to take significant time off in March because he was trying to play himself into shape.

Howard's rigorous offseason regimen screeched to a halt in January because of commitments connected to him winning the National League MVP: commercial shoots, awards banquets, business concerns.

"Because of how January was this offseason, it broke up my workouts," Howard said. "I needed spring training to get back to where I needed to be."

He didn't get back. Howard hit .221 this spring. ... train.html
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Postby gmoney973 » Mon May 07, 2007 5:54 pm

prince fielder will have a better season than ryan howard
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Postby LukeW9027 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:07 pm

gmoney973 wrote:prince fielder will have a better season than ryan howard

Thanks for that useful but of information. ;-D
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Postby jdsun1 » Mon May 07, 2007 6:59 pm

gmoney973 wrote:prince fielder will have a better season than ryan howard

I agree and I must say I hate Ryan Howard with all my might.
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Postby azhardball » Mon May 07, 2007 8:35 pm

looks like he isn't starting again tonite...thanks pal
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Postby Oatsdad » Mon May 07, 2007 8:46 pm

At this point it's getting tempting to trade Howard for a ham sandwich... :~(
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Postby SendHelp » Mon May 07, 2007 9:57 pm

they are saying he's available to pinch hit. just being overly cautious becuase of the lefty pitcher.

expect more of the same wednesday (randy johnson).
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Postby Holein1 » Tue May 08, 2007 10:30 am

I read this on I am not sure if it has already been posted

Howard to sit out Diamondbacks series

Ryan Howard - 1B - PHI - May. 8 - 2:43 a.m. ET

The Phillies are planning on holding Ryan Howard out of the starting lineup until Friday in an effort to get him healthy.
"We want to give him a rest to see if we can get his aches and pains well," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Things that have been bothering him like his quad and knee. We want to get him 100 percent." Howard was still used as a pinch-hitter on Monday, so it wasn't a complete day off. The same figures to happen the next couple of days.

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Postby acsguitar » Tue May 08, 2007 5:08 pm

Thank god I have Todd Helton
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Postby tooslim73 » Tue May 08, 2007 6:05 pm

I hear ya...

Check out Pujols awesome line from a week ago today..

6/20 0 0 2 0 .300

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