Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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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 ...
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