Updated -- 6 p.m.
The Phillies say Ryan Howard is day-to-day with a badly sprained ankle. They are hoping to avoid a disabled list situation.
The Phillies are off Monday before opening a three-game road trip in New York against the Mets.
“He's going to be OK,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “I don't expect him to miss very much time. If anything, he might miss a day or two. We're off tomorrow. He might miss Tuesday or Wednesday, but he could very well be in the lineup on Tuesday. It's going to be a short period.”
Howard said after the game he was still in a considerable amount of pain.
“Right now it's just swollen,” Howard said. “It's tight, it's sore. Other than that, it's not too, too bad.”
Updated - 3:01 p.m.
Word from the clubhouse is that X-Rays on Howard's sprained left ankle were negative, meaning there was no fracture, which is obviously good news. That being said, Jimmy Rollins missed three weeks with a sprained ankle in 2008.
Howard also had X-Rays on his right elbow, where John Lannan hit him with a pitch to put him on base. Those were also negative.
No word on whether Howard is day-to-day or whether a trip to the DL will be in order.
Howard's only DL stint in his career came in May of 2007, when he missed 15 days with a left quad strain.
The last thing the Phillies needed was to see Ryan Howard limping slowly off the field while supported by manager Charlie Manuel and athletic trainer Mark Andersen. But that was the sight in the first inning of today's game against the Washington Nationals after the star first baseman landed awkwardly on second base and fell to the dirt in obvious pain.
The official diagnosis was a left ankle sprain, although there is no indication as to the severity. Howard had the ankle X-Rayed, but there is no immediate word on the results.
Ben Francisco had dropped a single into right field, scoring Jayson Werth from second base. Howard rounded second, but scrambled back to narrowly beat the throw.
Cody Ransom replaced Howard at second base after he was helped off the field. Ransom later scored on a single by Domonic Brown.
Howard, back in the line-up after a day off, reached base after being hit by Nationals lefty John Lannan. Howard is 0-for-13 in his last three games and 5-for-31 since pushing his batting average to .303 on July 22. From June 17 to July 22 he hit .347/.400/.719 with 11 home runs.
Raul Ibanez was scratched from today's lineup with a sore left wrist, although the Phillies say the injury is not serious and that precautionary X-Rays revealed no structural damage.
Ibanez landed awkwardly on the wrist while attempting to make a diving catch last night. He was originally in the line-up for this afternoon's game against the Nationals, but was scratched and replaced by rookie Domonic Brown.
Ibanez is hitting .352/.456/.557 with a .992 OPS, 4 home runs, 15 RBI and 18 runs in his last 24 games.