Ryan Howard has become the latest victim of the Phillies injury bug.
The big first baseman sprained his left ankle rounding second in Sundays game against the Nationals. The Phillies were riding high having won nine of their previous eleven, so the team hopes Howard won't be sidelined for too long. Despite leaving the game with crutches, Charlie Manuel says that Howard could possibly return for their next series against Florida. That would be good news for Phillie fans but you have to wonder how this injury will affect him for the remainder of the season. Chances are that he will probably favor it at times, giving him even less mobility in the field and making his trips on the base path even more nerve-wracking.
The Marlins did something they have been meaning to do all season, get help for their miserable bullpen.
Florida acquired left-handed reliever Will Ohman from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Rick VandenHurk. This move is not the cure to all their problems, but it is a step in the right direction. In 51 games with the Orioles this year, Ohman posted a 3.30 ERA with 15 holds and 29 strikeouts. The move gives manager Edwin Rodriquez a much more reliable left handed arm out of the bullpen, an asset the team has been lacking all season. Ohman is lights out against lefties, holding them to just a .226 batting average. This could quietly be one of the best moves of the deadline.
Braves Blast takes a look at his teams trade deadline moves.
Atlanta picked up Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth in a deal with the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Gregor Blanco, Jesse Chavez, and Tim Collins. I like the Ankiel pick up, I feel like many people wrote him off while with the Royals, but doesn't that happen to everyone who goes to Kansas City? Although he is injury prone, having spent a majority of the season of the disabled list due to strained right quadriceps, Ankiel is still a threat at the plate and could take this chance with a division leader to rejuvenate his season. This is Farnsworth's second stint in Atlanta having played for them in 2005. Farnsworth has had an incredible season thus far sporting a 2.42 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched. The move solidifies an already outstanding Braves bullpen, of course a little reliever depth never hurt.