The Big Piece, Greinke, Get Weekly Honors

Ryan Howard is a large reason for the Phillies current success. He takes home National League honors, being named the NL Player of the Week. "That's why I call him the 'Big Piece'," Charlie Manuel said of Howard, who clobbered two home runs in a game against the Mets.

In August and September, Howard takes hitting to a new level. His late season surge has begun. This week, he batted .393 (11-for-28) with 12 runs batted in and five home runs. He had two multi-home run games.

Howard has 37 home runs and 111 RBI this season, tying Chuck Klein with four consecutive 30-100 seasons. This marks the fifth time Howard was credited with the award, with the latest being the week of June 1.

Zach Greinke was named the AL Player of the Week. Greinke went 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA with the Kansas City Royals. He led the majors with 20 strikeouts.

In other news, the Philadelphia Phillies purchased John Ennis’ contract from Lehigh Valley. However, Ennis was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list because he is recovering from April Tommy John surgery. To make room on the 40-man roster, Brad Harman was designated for assignment.

Having a player on the 40-man roster who is on the disabled list allows a non-roster player to be added to the postseason roster. A player must be in the organization on August 31 to be added to the playoff roster.

1 comments:

Jay Ballz said...

Good for Howard. I am still not feelin' that nickname, the Big Piece.

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