Initial concerns about Ryan Howard's ankle were allayed when X-rays came back negative, and he wasn't expected to miss more than a few days, but he was then sent back to Philadelphia for further examination, suggesting that things might've been a little more serious than originally thought. And now, sure enough, he's the latest Philly to take a trip to the disabled list:
Howard going on DL #Phillies
Amaro hopes he's back in 2 weeks. Mayberry recalled from Triple-A.
It isn't a major injury, but it is an injury to a major player at an inconvenient time, as the Phillies don't have anyone who can even come close to approximating Howard's bat in the middle of the order. The team will hope to have him back to kick off a nine-game homestand in the middle of August.