Do you worry about Ryan Howard every time you watch him run?
Apparently there's a coach in the National League who does.
Andy Martino of the NY Daily News (via HBT) leads a basic notes writeup with concern for the long-term health of Howard and Albert Pujols.
It's mostly about Pujols -- who hasn't looked like the same guy since leaving St. Louis and is battling knee and foot issues -- but there's a curious note at the bottom about Howard, too:
Well, I don't know about that. He's never exactly been fleet of foot but he certainly looks more mobile than last season. Right?
Howard is, of course, in Year 2 of his five-year $125 million contract extension, an extension that won't look so "market-friendly" if the Big Piece collapses on his way to first again.
Through 13 games, he's batting .255 with a .291 OBP, .392 SLG, five RBI and one dinger.
Cue outrage about "unnamed sources" and how those individuals should "put their names on things" or whatever people say nowadays.