Ryan Howard placed on 15-day disabled list

The Philadelphia Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list, Saturday, with left knee inflammation.

According to CBS Sports, Howard received a cortisone shot last Sunday but the knee is still a problem. The Phillies called up outfielder Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Howard on the 25-man roster.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard was scratched from the lineup before Saturday’s game, after taking batting practice. Manager Charlie Manuel also said hours before Howard went on the disabled list that, despite the knee injury, Howard will be in the lineup for every game until the All-Star Break.

Howard hit a home run Friday night but, according to NBC Sports, Howard was visibly limping around the bases and while playing in the field.

Howard, 33, is entering the second year of a five-year, $125 million contract, which has already looked like a bad contract with Howard’s struggles against left-handed pitchers.

Howard is batting .266 with 11 home runs in 80 games this season for the Phillies.

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