Ryan Howard hadn't even reached his locker before he was stopped in the hallway by Phillies' director of team travel and clubhouse services Frank Coppenbarger.

"Charlie wants to see you," Coppenbarger said.

After quickly stopping to change into a sweatshirt from his street clothes, Howard went into Charlie Manuel's office and the door shut.

When he emerged, Howard was not in the starting lineup Thursday night for Philadelphia's series finale against the Washington Nationals.