Rivals say Phillies can’t replace Ryan Howard

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies
Ryan Howard will undergo an MRI on his injured left knee Monday.

When Freddi Gonzalez was asked about the Phillies’ chances Friday night, the Braves manager said the Phillies have yet to get hot.

“They haven’t had one of their big streaks yet this year,” Gonzalez said. “Ryan Howard has yet to get going yet either.”

The first part might be happening. The Phillies have won four of their last six games after beating the Braves, 7-3, Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

But the latter may never occur in 2013.

Howard was placed on the 15-day DL. He’ll get an MRI on his ailing left knee Monday in Philadelphia. The team hasn’t ruled out surgery.

When informed of Howard’s situation, Gonzalez was blunt.

“That really hurts the Phillies if this is the end of the year for him,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a guy that’s been incredibly productive.”

When Gonzalez was told that many of the Phillies’ faithful have soured on Howard, he laughed.

“I guess they don’t know baseball,” Gonzalez said. “Howard is a guy that can change a game. He’s a difference-maker.”

The first half of the 2012 season backs that up. When Howard was out rehabbing his Achilles tendon injury from April through July, the Phillies received next to little production out of the first-base slot. When Howard returned, the historic run producer drove in 56 runs in just 71 games.

“You can’t replace what he provides,” an NL scout said. “Few people can do what he’s capable of doing. Without him, the Phillies would have been hard pressed to have as much success as they did during their run.”

Darin Ruf has been called up and started at first base Sunday against the Braves. Ruf went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

“You just don’t replace Ryan Howard,” Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “I don’t know anyone who has done the things he’s done over the years. He was always an RBI machine. It’s going to be tough for them without him.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

National

Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

For more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets.

International

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due…

U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Tel Aviv in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region has intensified.

Local

Eric Garner death prompts NYPD retraining, pols demanding…

The New York City Police Department will revise training procedures for its officers following the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner after an arrest gone awry.

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

NFL

5 players to watch at Giants training camp

Metro takes a look at five players who will be on everyone’s mind when Giants training camp gets underway.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.