According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies have activated first baseman Ryan Howard from the 15-day disabled list.
This announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Howard just kicked off a minor league rehab assignment with Single-A Lakewood last night, going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. He was originally expected to join Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday for a possible return on Monday against the Astros. Guess he’s feeling pretty good.
Howard has been on the disabled list since August 2 due to a left ankle sprain. The 30-year-old first baseman returns to a .292/.356/.528 batting line to go along with 23 homers and 81 RBI.
Assuming he’ll get to Philadelphia in time for tonight’s game, the Phillies will finally be at full strength for the stretch run. And at just 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves, I’d say they’ve done a tremendous job of staying in this thing.
By the way, Dom Brown is still with the team. Ross Gload was placed on the disabled list in a corresponding roster move.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a $10 million, one-year contract on Monday.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.