Ryan Howard injury: Phillies 1B out for season with broken toe

Drew Hallowell - Getty Images

Ryan Howard will not be available for the Phillies's final five games after breaking his toe

For the second straight season, Ryan Howard will end the year injured. Although this time it's not quite as bad or dramatic. The Phillies' 1B will miss the rest of the season with a broken toe, the team announced today.

Of course, the Phils were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the season has only five games left. The injury happened Thursday when Howard dropped a lead pipe he swings while on deck on his toe.

Howard played in only 71 games this season after missing the first chunk of the year rehabbing from a torn Achilles injury suffered on the final at-bat of the 2011 season. Howard was actually ahead of schedule with rehab, but an infection discovered in spring training pushed his comeback even further.

He failed to find a groove this season, hitting just .219. He got on base at a .296 clip, 70 points below his career average. Howard admitted knowing he would never be 100 percent this season after suffering an injury that typically takes at least a full year to recover from.

"I didn’t really have a lot of expectations for myself," Howard said. "I just wanted to try to come in and help any way I could. I knew I wasn’t going to be 100 percent . . . so I just wanted to do what I could by driving in runs."

Charlie Manuel said it was clear the injury had affected him all season.

"When I watch him hit, I don’t think he realizes his back leg is bothering him and he has trouble pushing off it," Manuel said. "When he gets stronger and gets more on it, he feels it. He doesn’t use his legs right now hitting the ball."

A broken shouldn't be a major injury to rehab from this offseason, so the focus will still be on regaining strength in his ankle.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.