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.