Ryan Howard (ankle) hopes to play in a few days.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he doesn't believe Howard will require a stint on the DL. Howard left Sunday's game in the first inning after jamming his left ankle while sliding back into second base. X-rays on Ryan Howard's left ankle and right elbow were negative. The X-rays on his elbow were for precautionary reasons, because he was hit by a pitch. It looks like Howard will miss at least the first half of this upcoming scoring period, so keep that in mind while making your fantasy lineup.