"Yesterday was when it really kind of kicked in more than normal," Howard said about his knee. "It's been acting up a little bit since Spring Training, but I've been able to tough it out. Yesterday, it kicked up a little bit, so we'll see."
Howard said he told manager Charlie Manuel that his knee was giving him some trouble before the game, and Manuel kept the lefty out of the lineup. Howard added he was available to play if needed, and was in the on-deck circle at one point, but did not enter the game. Manuel said he would be surprised if Howard played Monday when the Phillies open a three-game set in Miami.
The 2006 National League Most Valuable Player is hitting .245 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 41 games.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.