Ryan Howard will be out six to eight weeks. Photo: Getty Images
Over the past few days we learned that Ryan Howard had a debridement of the left medial meniscus, which would explain why Howard has been hobbling around the bases this season. Howard was never at 100 percent this season, this much was always obvious, but he remained in the line-up regularly in his comfortable four-spot despite pressure from fans to see a bit of a line-up shake-up, perhaps with Domonic Brown moving in to the clean-up spot as Brown was blossoming while Howard struggled. Since Howard's injury timeline became more definitive the club called up Darin Ruf form triple A Lehigh Valley to give him a chance to play more of a role in this offense while Howard is absent.
The question that has received a good amount of attention in the last few days seems to be whether or not the Phillies are better with or without Ryan Howard. This, to me, is a misguided question the way I have seen it been addressed.