Ryan Howard 1B PHI 15 Hrs

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that first base will be a "day-to-day thing" going forward.

It's a nice way of saying Ryan Howard has lost his grip on the starting first base job. Howard and Darin Ruf will platoon based on matchups and who is swinging the hotter bat, and it appears Sandberg is resolute in his willingness to see what Ruf can do over the next two months. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have considered the possibility of releasing Howard if he can't be moved in a trade. The Phillies owe Howard, who is hitting .224/.305/.377, $60 million guaranteed over the next three years.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 Days

Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' 14 singles and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

None of the Phillies' hits went for extra bases. It was the first time since July 5, 1996 that they had collected as many as 14 hits with all of them being singles. Howard was in a 1-for-18 slump before his two-hit game tonight.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 5 Days

Ryan Howard had a two-run single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Braves.

It was a broken bat bloop single, but it looks like a line drive in the box score. Howard has 15 home runs and 58 RBI through 94 games, but he has done so with a lousy .221/.302/.381 batting line.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 14 Days

Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 16 Days

Ryan Howard has adjusted his hitting mechanics by lowering his hands in his stance.

Howard tried the new technique on a suggestion from teammate Marlon Byrd and plans to stick with it for a while. "I guess my hands have crept up over the years," said Howard. "I think when I first came up, they were lower. It's a weird feeling but, you know, I'm trying something new. I'm trying to get my hands in the zone faster and keep them in the zone." Howard is hitting just .231 with a career-low .703 OPS, so it's worth a shot.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 1 Month

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.

Howard put the Phillies on the board with an RBI single in the fourth inning, then padded his club's lead with a two-run homer in the sixth. He has homered in three out of his last four contests, and has brought his slash line up to .242/.318/.439 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI. He's also the MLB leader in strikeouts with 91.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 1 Month

Ryan Howard homered in the second and plated the go-ahead run in the 13th as the Phillies beat the Braves 6-1 on Monday.

Howard's homer off Julio Teheran was the game's only run until the bottom of the ninth, when the Braves tied it. The Phillies finally won it by scoring five times in the 13th, with the go-ahead run scoring on Howard's grounder past Freddie Freeman, which was ruled an error. The homer was Howard's first since June 1. He had been one more bad game away from seeing his OPS drop under .700.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 1 Month

Ryan Howard had a rough night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Cubs, going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

The Phillies offense as a whole couldn't scratch a run across against Jake Arrieta on this evening. With the hitless effort, Howard falls to .234/.303/.406 on the season to go along with 11 homers and 41 RBI.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 Months

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Mets.

A day after helping the Phillies walk off with a three-run home run, Howard took the golden sombrero. Despite logging nine RBI in his last four games, Howard continues to rank towards the bottom of the pack among first basemen offensively speaking. He has nine home runs, 34 RBI, and a .235/.313/.428 slash line on the season.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 Months

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI single, and a walk-off three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss brought in lefty reliever Boone Logan to face the left-handed Chase Utley and Howard, but Utley singled and Howard crushed a walk-off home run to left-center. Howard has traditionally hit lefties quite poorly, so the well-struck long ball was encouraging. He's slashing a respectable .240/.319/.437 with nine home runs and 34 RBI on the season.