Howard to DL, Fields to Phils? – Phillies Nation

Howard to DL, Fields to Phils?

Jeff Schuler of the Allentown Morning Call has reported the following:


Connecting the dots, it appears that INF Josh Fields, who went 3-4 and was a HR away from the cycle tonight in a 14-5 IronPigs win, and not Darin Ruf will get the call if/when Ryan Howard heads to the DL. Fields entered today’s game with a .272/.340/.457 triple-slash and undoubtedly raised that tonight with an outstanding night.

We will have more as this develops.



  1. Bruce

    May 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    In staying with factual information, Howard received a cortisone shot for an inflamed knee after an MRI exam. He is listed as day to day. If he continues to have soreness, then and only then would there be a reevaluation including the possibility of going on the DL.

    If and when the possibility of DL exists, there is a good chance that Darin Ruf will be called up.

  2. EricL

    May 20, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  3. Mike

    May 21, 2013 at 12:21 am

    What does Ruf have to prove, to be called up, jeez…

    • hk

      May 21, 2013 at 6:47 am

      What has Ruf proven? He had one great season in AA playing against kids who are on average 4 or 5 years younger than he is. He had a hot September in a very small # of AB’s, but if the FO put a lot of stock in his September, he would have been on the Opening Day roster. He had a fairly weak Spring when there seemingly was a job open for the taking and he’s hitting .265 / .345 / .439 in AAA. His OPS is worse than those of journeymen like Fields and Jermaine Mitchell and of 2B Cesar Hernandez.

  4. hk

    May 21, 2013 at 6:38 am

    So, where was Fields going?

    • Lefty

      May 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

      You’re going to love this. He was switching lockers!!!!!

      Don’t you just love Twitter? It’s easily as reliable as supermarket tabloids only the word spreads faster. If I was running the Morning Call, Schuler would be switching lockers too, permanently.

      • hk

        May 21, 2013 at 6:57 am

        Is that true or are you just pulling a Schuler?

      • hk

        May 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

        Maybe Fields’s new locker is due south from his old one in which case Schuler would at least be partially correct.

      • Lefty

        May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

        hk, I don’t know how to copy a tweet with the box and all, but here it is-

        Josh Fields ?@OkieFields 29m

        Great win for the @ironpigs tonight! Who knew moving lockers would start such a conundrum! U know what assuming does……

      • George

        May 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

        No one has mentioned this yet, as far as I know, but actually Fields was changing lockers because he needed more room for his new maternity outfit, and the hugs were because he’d jsu announced his pregnancy to his teammates.

        That’s how newsworthy Twitter can be; basically, Twitter is for twits.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I’m ok with them sending up the Iron Pigs mascot, as long a he can hit left-handed pitching. : p

    • hk

      May 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

      The Phils as a team have a .721 OPS vs. LHP’s and .669 OPS vs. RHP’s. Since hitters face RHP’s ~70% of the time, I think the Phils should be more concerned with getting better vs. RHP’s.

      • schmenkman

        May 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

        Good point, hk. I think most fans would be surprised to hear that the Phils have been hitting better against lefties than against righties.

      • "Big Ed" Delahanty

        May 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

        I was only referring to the “Big piece.” Although, I am surprised by the rest of the team’s stat. Thanks!

      • George

        May 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

        I don’t find these stats surprising at all; it’s only further evidence that the team couldn’t hit water whether they fell out of the left or the right side of the boat. Both OPS figures are bad, so any difference doesn’t mean much.

  6. George

    May 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    If you’re so worried about hitting lefthaders, maybe they should bring up Cesar Hernandez, too, because Utley isn’t hitting them any better than Howard is.

    I fully expect Howard to be on the DL soon. From what I’ve read, he’s got a slight tear of his meniscus, and that’s something that won’t heal without rest or surgery. The irritation might be minor now, but playing could easily make it worse and he’s already had enough pain to put him on the bench for a while..

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      May 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

      I was just trying for a little levity around here. It has been quite grim. Lol. However, I agree with what you said.

      • George

        May 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        I was merely answering levity with the same. Nobody could possibly think a AAA second baseman would be an Utley upgrade at present.

      • brooks

        May 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Grim and lonely Bid Ed

  7. schmenkman

    May 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    “Josh Fields’ bags were packed and he was getting hugs.”

    So he was moving lockers, and Mike Sweeney was in the clubhouse?

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