Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/17/14
68
The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling mightily this season and things just got worse. The team announced today that first baseman Ryan Howard needs surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and he will be out six to eight weeks as a result. An MRI on Monday confirmed the tear in his knee and the 2006 NL MVP probably won’t be back until late August or early September. Howard has said he played through the injury for as long as he could before the pain became too much to deal with. The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs when he was placed on the disabled list on Saturday. The 33-year-old Howard’s career has been derailed by major injuries over the past few years. Last season he didn’t see the field until July 6 thanks to having to recover from a torn Achilles tendon. He tore the tendon while making the final out in the 2011 NL division series, and played just 71 games in 2012. The Phillies need all the help they can get right now, as their record of 43-46 puts them 7.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East. They are also 7.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final wildcard spot. Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr. should see time at first base while Howard recovers. The big lefty first baseman was due to make $20 million this season and $75 million over the next three years, and the Phillies also have a $23 million club option for 2017, with a $10 million buyout. The team will likely be careful not to rush him back to action because of that hefty investment.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacquiao to have surgery to repair 'significant' shoulder tear

Chris Paul ruled out for Game 1 against Rockets

Stephen Curry thanks father in touching MVP speech

Lawrence Taylor's son pleads guilty to statutory rape

49ers FB Bruce Miller charged with vandalism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN out of draft interview

Report: Some Colts players unhappy with first-round pick

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: Focus is on Julio Jones contract

Irvin on Seahawks not picking up option: ‘F— that option’

Brandon Prust rips referee, accuses him of on-ice trash talk

LeBron James ditched headband to look more like teammates

Five players on the block after the NFL Draft

Five overhyped NFL Draft storylines that didn't play out

WATCH: Chris Johnson wants to play for the Cowboys

WATCH: Chewbacca throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

WATCH: Kyrie Irving carves up Bulls' defense for layup

WATCH: Metallica goes Jimi Hendrix for national anthem

Brandon McCarthy shares disturbing info about himself

Ole Miss fan got pregnant because of upset over Alabama

Willie Cauley-Stein legally changes middle name to 'Trill'

Marcus Mariota welcomed to Tennessee with billboard

Five takeaways from the first round of the NBA playoffs

NFL has a Los Angeles Rams webpage

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

NFL has Los Angeles Rams webpage

10 undrafted free agents to watch

Report: Winston snubbed ESPN

Life without Love: The new-look Cavs

Drafted player changes Twitter name to ‘Pick 245′

Floyd Mayweather Punch Out mock video game is great

Report: Steph Curry to be NBA MVP

Kelly: Tebow here to compete for job

Tony Allen booed for being rude?

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods break up

Pacquiao fought with injured shoulder?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.