Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/8/11

The Philadelphia Phillies announced on Saturday that slugger Ryan Howard tore his Achilles tendon while making the final out of the National League Division Series.

The team did not know if he'll be ready for spring training next year after he fell while running out of the batter's box during Friday's 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the series.

An MRI revealed a rupture of his left Achilles tendon and will require surgery once the swelling goes down.

Howard stumbled out of the batter's box on his game-ending groundout, took a few steps and collapsed to the ground clutching his foot and ankle while the Cardinals rushed the mound to celebrate the clinching victory.

It added injury to insult for Howard, who went hitless in his last 12 at-bats of the series and wound up batting .105 (2-for-19) with one home run and six RBIs.

Howard bashed 33 homers and drove in 116 runs during the regular season, his sixth consecutive season with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs.

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