Ryan Howard was not in the lineup for the fourth time in 10 games Friday night because of bursitis in his left heel and ankle. He calls it a "hankle" injury.
"It's sore," Howard said before the Phillies took on the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. "There are days when it is looser than others and days when it is stiff. I think the one constant has been the soreness that has just been there."
Howard said if the Phillies did not have such a comfortable lead in the National League East that he would probably be playing on a daily basis, but that does not change the fact that he is in extreme discomfort.
The first baseman ended an 0-for-15 slump with a game-winning doubleheader in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Florida, but he said the soreness in his foot has not affected his ability to hit.