By Mary Cunningham
It looks like Phillies’ slugger Ryan Howard will continue his farewell tour tomorrow in New York.
He hasn’t played since last Friday because of swelling in his left knee. He had the knee drained over the weekend and he could have started last night in the series opener against the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park, but Phillies manager Pete Mackanin already had made out the lineup before he learned of Howard’s improvement.
“He says he feels great,” Mackanin said. “He won’t play tomorrow against [Chris] Sale. I’ll play him in New York and Atlanta as much as I can, and then the last three days of the season [at home]. He’s available to pinch-hit and obviously to play, but I wouldn’t want it to blow up. That wouldn’t be helpful to us or him.”
Howard is entering the final days of his Phillies career.
The organization has a $23 million club option for 2017, but they will take a $10 million buyout instead. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said while the team will not make any official announcements before the end of the season, the organization plans to honor him in the season’s final weekend at home.