PHILS SAVING PHENOM SPENCER HOWARD FOR THE PLAYOFF PUSH!

By Sam Bush

Spencer Howard pitched just 92 1/3 innings last year because of a right shoulder injury, so the Phillies have him on an innings limit.

He is going to be monitored closely, so hopefully he has enough innings remaining late in the season to help them make a postseason push.

“I’ve heard a bunch about that,” Howard told MLB.com yesterday. “I’ve heard a lot of different tales about what could happen, so I’m just going to do what I can, take care of my business and the rest will fall in place.”

Added Phillies general manager Matt Klentak:

“Every pitch he throws in February is a pitch he’s not going to be able to throw in September. Every pitch he throws in March is a pitch he’s not going to be able to throw in September. … We are going to be very slow with Spencer on purpose. It’s not because something is wrong and it’s not because we don’t like him. It’s because we like him a lot, and I think he has a very bright future for us and we need to set him up for success to pitch deep into the season this year.”

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