UPDATE: Ryan Howard lifted with sprained left ankle

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UPDATE, 2:58 PM:  X-rays on both his left elbow and left ankle were negative, reports David Murphy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Howard will miss a few days because of the sprain, but it appears that the Phillies have avoided a major scare.

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UPDATE, 2:09 PM:  Howard’s injury is being called a left ankle sprain, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.  He will undergo X-rays to ensure that there is no serious structural damage.

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2:02 PM:  Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had to be helped off the field Sunday after apparently injuring his left knee or ankle while running the bases in the first inning.  The scene was capture here in this photo posted by Major League Baseball’s official Twitter page.

Howard, batting .292 with an .884 OPS, 23 homers and 81 RBI, was replaced at first base by Cody Ransom.

Marlins intend to keep Christian Yelich

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With Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna gone, the next logical step for the Marlins would be to trade away Christian Yelich. He’s be an amazingly attractive trade candidate given that he is under team control through 2022, and is owed a very reasonable $58 million or so. He just turned 26 last week and has hit .290/.369/.432 in his five year career. That’s the kind of player and contract that could bring back a mess of prospects.

Except the Marlins, it seems, don’t want to do that. Multiple reports have come out in the last hour saying that the Marlins intend to hold on to Yelich and to build around him.

That could be a negotiating ploy, of course. They’ll no doubt listen to offers and, if the right one comes along, they’d certainly give strong consideration to trading him. A good deal is a good deal.

The only question, in light of the events of the last week, is whether the Marlins would know a good deal if they saw one.