Howard day to day, Ruiz DL'd...Lowe DFA'd...Weird injuries in San Francisco 5/21/13
The Associated Press
Undated- Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard avoided the disabled list after undergoing an MRI on his sore left knee yesterday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz wasn't as lucky.
The Phils say Howard is day to day after battling knee pain for the last two weeks. He's hitting .245 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 41 games and has carved out a .179 average in 16 games this month.
Ruiz is going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, prompting the Phillies to recall catcher Humberto Cuintero from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruiz is expected to be out three to four weeks.
The Phils also played reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day DL retroactive to May 11 due to a back strain.
The Rangers have designated 39-year-old pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment to make room for Josh Lindblom, who made his first career big league start against Oakland on Monday. Lowe has allowed 13 runs in 13 innings since making the Rangers out of training camp.
A couple of unusual injuries were reported after San Francisco's 8-0 whitewash of Washington last night. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong broke his throwing hand fouling off a pitch. Vogelsong broke two bones along the right pinkie and dislocated a knuckle the area that the medical staff couldn't get popped back into place. He was scheduled for surgery this morning at Stanford.
And Nationals manager Davey Johnson disclosed reliever Ryan Mattheus broke his hand punching a locker following a sub-par performance Sunday in San Diego.