The Philadelphia Phillies’ season-long wave of injuries has claimed All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard for at least 15 days.
Howard, who was leading the NL with 81 RBIs, went on the disabled list Tuesday because of a sprained left ankle. The Phillies said the sprain was moderate.
“We’re hopeful he’ll be back in two weeks,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “It may be longer than that. We’re not sure.”
The 2006 NL MVP was hurt Sunday while sliding into second base at Washington. He traveled with the team to Miami, but when swelling in the ankle became worse, he returned to Philadelphia for an MRI exam Tuesday.
Howard is the 15th Phillies player to go on the disabled list this season. Shane Victorino and Chase Utley are also sidelined now, leaving the two-time defending NL champions without a big chunk of their offense.
RED SOX — Boston put first baseman Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury and acknowledged that his season could be over.
Youkilis tore a muscle in his right thumb during Monday night’s 6-5 loss to Cleveland. He lined out to end the first inning, grabbed his hand in pain and stayed in the game until the third.
REDS — NL Central-leading Cincinnati put shortstop Orlando Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left side.
Cabrera left Monday night’s win at Pittsburgh after grounding out in the ninth inning. He was examined back in Cincinnati.
NATIONALS — Washington rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg threw a bullpen session before Tuesday night’s game with Arizona, and is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Thursday.
Strasburg has been on the 15-day disabled list since last Thursday with stiffness in his right shoulder.
n Cuban right-hander Yunesky Maya has been optioned to Washington’s club in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
WHITE SOX — Ozzie Guillen says his comments about Latino baseball players have been taken out of context.
The outspoken manager of the White Sox said over the weekend that Asian players are given privileges in the United States that Latinos are not afforded. He said he’s the “only one” in baseball teaching young players from Latin America to stay away from performance-enhancing drugs and that Major League Baseball doesn’t care about that.
n The White Sox placed pitcher Erick Threets on the 15-day disabled list with turf toe in his left big toe and recalled Carlos Torres from Triple-A Charlotte.
PIRATES — Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen left Tuesday night’s game against Cincinnati after he was hit in the neck by a pitch in the second inning.
McCutchen had a bruise on the back of his neck, and X-rays were negative.
MARINERS — Left-hander Erik Bedard will undergo shoulder surgery this week, continuing a string of injuries since his trade from Baltimore to Seattle before the 2008 season.
CARDINALS — St. Louis rookie third baseman David Freese will miss the rest of the season with a tendon injury in his right leg that will require surgery.
n St. Louis reliever Jason Motte is being examined for a shoulder problem, a day after issuing consecutive walks.
INDIANS — Catcher Carlos Santana was put on the 15-day disabled list a day after he was carried from the field on a stretcher following a collision at home plate.
Santana has a sprained left knee, tests showed. The rookie left Monday night’s game in Boston with his left leg in an air cast.
ROCKIES — Colorado activated first baseman Todd Helton from the 15-day disabled list and put him in the lineup against San Francisco.
n The Rockies claimed infielder Wes Hodges off waivers from the Cleveland Indians and optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.