Phillies manager Charlie Manuel says that Ryan Howard isn’t in the starting lineup tonight due to a sore groin.
It was assumed that Manuel was not starting Howard for the first time this season tonight against St. Louis due to the fact that the Cardinals were throwing left-hander Jaime Garcia.
“Ryan has a sore groin,” said Manuel before Friday’s game when asked if it were a good time to give Howard a rest. “Yes, this gives us a good time to sit him down.”
Manuel said that Howard would be able to pinch hit.