First baseman Ryan Howard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left ankle sprain, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced today. To take his spot on the 25-man roster, the Phillies recalled outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Howard, 30, was hitting .292 with 23 home runs and a National League-leading 81 RBI in 104 games for the Phillies this season. He suffered the injury while sliding back into second base in Sunday's game against Washington at Nationals Park. Howard is the 15th different Phillie to land on the disabled list this season.
Mayberry, 26, was hitting .258 (99-for-383) with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 99 games for Lehigh Valley this season.