WASHINGTON - Ryan Howard continues to be bothered by a sore left knee. For the second straight Sunday, Howard could not start at first base because of his knee.
He did pinch-hit against winning pitcher Stephen Strasburg during Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, hitting into a double play in the eighth inning.
Howard received a cortisone shot last Sunday and did not play for two days. He started the next four games.
After Howard struck out four times in Saturday's 5-3 win, it was thought that manager Charlie Manuel was just giving him a mental day off. That was not the case.