Howard (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
The highly touted rookie recorded an unimpressive 5.92 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in his first six big-league starts before being sidelined with shoulder stiffness in mid-September. He isn't expected to be ready to start any of the Phillies' final three games, but he could make an appearance out of the bullpen.
Howard (shoulder) felt good after throwing a bullpen session Monday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Howard has already spent the required 10 days on the injured list with a sore right shoulder. He has a chance to return for the final weekend of the season, though he'd likely be limited to a bullpen role.
Howard was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder stiffness, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old was removed during the fourth inning Saturday due to the injury and will be sidelined for at least 10 days. Howard has yet to be given an official timeline for his return, but he'll be eligible to be activated for the game against the Nationals on Sept. 23.
Howard was removed from Saturday's start against the Marlins with right shoulder stiffness, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
The 24-year-old exited during the fourth inning due to the injury after surrendering three runs on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 3.2 innings. The severity of the injury remains unclear, leaving Howard's availability for his next turn through the rotation up in the air.
Howard left in the fourth inning of his start Saturday against the Marlins with an apparent injury, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The nature and severity of Howard's injury are not yet clear. The rookie had been pitching quite well before giving up a three-run homer to Brian Anderson on his final pitch. He'll finish with five strikeouts and two walks in just 3.2 innings.
Howard will start Saturday rather than Friday against the Marlins, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Howard was originally slated to take the ball in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader, but with Zack Wheeler (fingernail) being scratched from Saturday's start, the Phillies will push Howard back a day to start the nine-inning tilt. Philadelphia will go with a bullpen game in the second half of Friday's twin bill.
Howard (1-2) allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three across four innings to take the loss Saturday against the Mets.
Howard put up two scoreless innings to begin the game but allowed all four of his hits and three runs across the last two frames. That resulted in an early hook, and Howard has now failed to complete five innings in four of his first five major-league starts. Across 20.2 frames, hes maintained a 5.66 ERA with an 18:8 K:BB. He'll look to get improved results in his next outing, currently projected to come Friday at the Marlins.
Howard's fastball velocity diminished with each inning of Monday's win against the Nationals, yet he has not complained of physical issues, according to manager Joe Girardi, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "We're kind of digging into that to find out because it's not something that he's experienced in the past," Girardi said Tuesday. "We're trying to figure it out."
The Phillies' top pitching prospect averaged 95.3 mph and touched 96.5 mph with his heater when he struck out the side in the first inning, but his average fastball velocity dipped to 94.6 mph in the second inning, 93.7 in the third, 92.2 in the fourth and 91.9 in the fifth. He didn't reach 95 mph with a fastball after the second inning. Howard's secondary pitches are good enough for him to have success while leaning on them, but his mid-90s fastball is still a critical part of his frontline starter ceiling. Girardi said the team is looking at everything from diet, conditioning and the shorter spring training 2.0. Injury is often the root cause of a pitcher's velocity declining, so if this issue persists in his start Saturday against the Mets, Howard could be sent for some tests.
Howard (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings Monday, striking out four and earning the win against Washington.
Howard earned his first big-league victory with a solid performance. He cruised through four scoreless frames before serving up a two-run homer to Juan Soto in the fifth. Howard will carry a 5.40 ERA into Saturday's road contest against the Mets.
Howard's scheduled start against the Nationals on Thursday was postponed, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The two teams have opted not to play in protest of the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake. The Phillies have yet to announce how they will adjust their rotation following Thursday's postponement, leaving Howard's next start up in the air.
Howard allowed one run on five hits and two walks across 3.2 innings in the 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader. He struck out five and did not factor in the decision.
Howard was able to take the ball Thursday despite exiting his last start early due to a blister on his middle finger. Although his day was capped at 3.2 innings and 67 pitches, the right-hander's five strikeouts demonstrate why he is considered Philadelphia's top prospect. The 24-year-old will look to work deeper into the game when he toes the rubber next week against Washington.
Howard (finger) will start Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Howard was pulled from his previous start due to a blister, but he won't be forced to miss a turn through the rotation as a result. Through two appearances this season, the 24-year-old has allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits across eight innings. Vince Velasquez is scheduled to start the second game of Thursday's twin bill.
Howard is dealing with a blister on his right middle finger, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Howard was pulled from Friday's game against the Mets during the fourth inning, but he didn't sound concerned about the issue following the contest. Manager Joe Girardi said that the team could push his next start back by a day or two if necessary in order to allow him time to heal, but Howard was confident that he won't have to miss a start as a result.
Howard exited Friday's game against the Mets with an apparent finger injury, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Howard left Friday's game with a trainer with one out in the fourth inning and appeared to be looking at his finger. He had struggled prior to his departure, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings. The exact nature and severity of the issue are unclear.
Howard is confirmed as the starting pitcher Friday in the Phillies' series opener against the Mets, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
When Howard was called up to make his big-league debut last Sunday versus the Braves, he joined the Phillies as a sixth member of the rotation while the team played its sixth game in five days. With no doubleheaders on the schedule this week, manager Joe Girardi has scaled the rotation back to five men, and it looks as though Howard will at least temporarily keep his spot over Vince Velasquez, who worked an inning of relief in Thursday's 11-4 loss to the Orioles. Velasquez will likely be needed to start again in the Aug. 20 doubleheader against the Blue Jays, so Howard may need a strong showing both Friday and in his next turn to build a case for sticking in the five-man rotation on a more permanent basis. The 24-year-old was shaky in his debut outing, striking out four in 4.2 innings but giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk.
Howard is expected to start Friday's game against the Mets after Vince Velasquez entered Thursday's game against the Orioles in relief, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Howard and Velasquez were both preparing to start the series opener against New York, but the nod appears to be going to Howard after Velasquez entered Thursday's tilt in the sixth inning. Howard will look to improve on his performance in his MLB debut, in which he allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.2 innings against the Braves on Sunday.
Both Howard and Vince Velasquez are preparing to start Friday against the Mets, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The pitchers both started one half of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves, so both will be on schedule to start Friday. The team has yet to announce who will start the game, though it's quite possible the pair is used in a piggyback role. The Phillies lost a week of games early in the season due to their potential exposure to the Marlins' coronavirus outbreak, so they're expected to have quite a few doubleheaders over the course of the season, meaning they'll frequently need six starters. Piggybacking the pair would keep both stretched out for when a six-man rotation is needed, such as next week, when the Phillies play a doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Aug. 20.
Howard (0-1) allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk over 4.2 innings Sunday, striking out four batters and taking the loss in the second game of the doubleheader against Atlanta.
Howard made his big-league debut against a hungry Braves lineup. He yielded a two-run shot to Freddie Freeman in the third inning and a solo blast to Ronald Acuna in the fifth. If Howard gets another turn in the rotation, he should see the Mets at home on Friday.
Howard had his contract selected ahead of his start in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Braves, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The 24-year-old is now officially on the 40-man and 28-man rosters as he gets set to make his major-league debut in Sunday's nightcap. Howard is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball and posted a 2.35 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38:9 K:BB over 30.2 innings at Double-A Reading last season.
Howard will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves since Vince Velasquez was confirmed as the starter for Game 1.
It was already known that Howard would make his major-league debut Sunday, but which game he would start was unconfirmed until the Phillies released their lineup for the matinee. Howard, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, will still need to be added to the 40-man and major-league rosters following Game 1. A strong performance in his debut could secure a longer-term place in the starting rotation.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/12||@ MIA||W 12-6||3.2||2||3||2||5|
|09/05||@ NYM||L 1-5||1||4.0||4||3||1||3|
|08/31||vs WAS||W 8-6||1||5.0||5||2||2||4|
|08/20||@ TOR||L 2-3||3.2||5||1||2||5|
|08/14||vs NYM||W 6-5||3.1||7||3||2||2|
|08/09||vs ATL||L 0-8||1||4.2||7||4||1||4|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2019||ROK-GCL Phillies West||3.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||1||1||0.00||0.667|
|2019||ROK-GCL Phillies East||2.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||1||3||12.86||1.905|
|2019||AAX-Reading Fightin Phil||30.2||6||6||0||1||0||0||38||9||20||2.38||0.960|