By Mark Polishuk | September 12, 2020 at 8: 55pm CDTPhillies perfect-hander Spencer Howard left tonight’s game within the fourth inning due to stiffness in his throwing shoulder, the crew announced. Howard had perfect allowed a 3-dash homer to the Marlins’ Brian Anderson earlier than being visited on the mound by supervisor Joe Girardi and a crew coach earlier than departing the game.
Any invent of arm field for a pitcher obviously isn’t upright news, and a shoulder project is of particular peril in Howard’s case — as The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro identified, a identical shatter precipitated Howard to recede out two months of the 2019 season. If the topic right here is in reality perfect stiffness or discomfort, it’s doable Howard could well even be reduction after perfect a passed over originate or presumably an extra day or two of leisure, nonetheless naturally the Phillies will almost definitely be as cautious as doable in making sure the smartly-known particular person prospect is wholesome.
Saturday’s abbreviated day day out has been indicative of Howard’s struggles over his first style of the majors, as the righty took a 5.66 ERA into tonight’s originate in opposition to Miami. Howard had a 2.25 K/BB rate and 7.8 K/9 over his first 20 2/3 innings, alongside with his BABIP (.343) and xwOBA (.334, compared to a .380 wOBA) indicating now now not lower than some spoiled success. Anderson’s house dash tonight, nonetheless, was already the sixth lengthy ball surrendered by Howard this season, and he has been hit onerous in his 2nd or third situations through opposing lineups.
Howard’s prospect pedigree however, it isn’t unexpected that a 24-three hundred and sixty five days-faded rookie who had never pitched above Double-A ball would have some struggles in his first MLB season. If Howard has to recede out time, nonetheless, it leaves the Phillies immediate an arm within the midst of a stretch of 18 video games in 14 days. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler have been carrying an otherwise shaky Philadelphia rotation, even though Wheeler would be questionable to manufacture his next originate due to a depraved fingernail shatter.