The Philadelphia Phillies have had their share of injuries this season. It has caused them to have many struggles throughout the year. Ryan Howard was one of the players who landed on the disabled list, and now it seems he may not return this season.
Howard has been incapable of playing since early July as he’s suffered from a sore knee. It was later said that Howard had a torn left meniscus and he would need surgery. Howard has been recovering down in Clearwater.
General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. gave an update yesterday, saying Howard has still not swung a bat yet. He has been doing some running on a treadmill, and he has also lost weight. Although the rehabbing is going well the Phillies are not going to rush Howard to come back. Therefore he may not return until next season.
This is not a loss for the Phillies as they have found a star when they had brought up Darin Ruf. Although he is playing outfield right now, he most certainly can play first base. Ruf is hitting .272 while Howard was hitting .266. Ruf has 103 at bats with 28 hits, and 13 of those are extra base hits. Ruf has had 11 RBI along with six home runs. He has been seeing the ball well and being patient at the plate, as he has 13 walks.
Ruf is only 27 years-old. He is going to continue to grow and can play in the infield or outfield. Howard can only play first base. With Ruf continuing to improve hopefully Howard has a job to come back to when he returns.