Phillies rookie Spencer Howard leaves another start with apparent injury


A promising start from Spencer Howard came to a screeching halt Saturday night in Miami.

After pitching three scoreless innings with his team leading 5-0, Howard was lifted in the fourth inning after serving up a three-run homer to Brian Anderson.

Manager Joe Girardi and the Phillies' trainer met with Howard on the mound before the right-hander walked off with an apparent injury.

We should know more about Howard's condition after the game.

It is the second time in six big-league starts that Howard has exited with an injury. He left his second start with a blister on his middle finger.

It's been a rocky introduction to the majors for Howard, who has a 5.92 ERA in five starts. He has averaged 4.0 innings per start.

The Phillies could have used some length from the rookie on Saturday. They played a doubleheader against the Marlins Friday and have another doubleheader Sunday.

Howard continues to have trouble retiring hitters after the first time through the batting order. His opponents have hit .184 the first time through the lineup but are 21 for 51 (.412) with an .843 slugging percentage after that.