The Phillies have placed starting 1B Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list with sprained ligaments in his left ankle. Howard has played in 104 games this year for the Phillies and he is 119 of 407 (.292 avg, .884 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 23 homers and 81 RBIs. This could be the blow that knocks the Phillies out of the playoffs as they can’t replace Howard’s bat. Lefty swinging Ross Gload and righty swinging Cody Ransom could get the bulk of the P.T. at 1B while Howard’s out of action. Gload has played in 67 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 24 of 84 (.286 avg, .802 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 14 RBIs. Cody Ransom has played in 21 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 8 of 39 (.205 avg, .621 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Phillies are officially in trouble right now.