Richardson revealed Thursday that he played with a chipped collarbone and his AC joint had separated last season, ESPN reports. "Toward the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," Richardson said.
Papelbon said he won't be disappointed if he is still with the Phillies after the trade deadline, the team's official site reports. "I really, really like our situation down there in the bullpen," Papelbon said. "I really truly do. I like being a part of it. Just the circumstances are we're not in a playoff situation or a winning situation right now and, of course, if I had the opportunity to go to a playoff contending team that's all fine and dandy. But at the end of the day, if nothing happens, nothing happens. I don't have any control over that."
Manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed Thursday that Howard would be used in a platoon with Darin Ruf at first base, CSN Philly reports. “I look at it as a scenario where against some left-handed pitchers it could be a platoon situation going forward, depending on the numbers,” he said.