Found July 11, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman Ryan Howard, on the disabled list with a torn left medial meniscus, underwent successful surgery yesterday.  The timetable for Howard's return is six to eight weeks. As reported by Todd Zolecki and Stephen Pianovich of, ""After [Phillies physician Michael] Ciccotti went in there and went in with the scope, it was a little better picture than we thought," Amaro said. "I think the player is feeling better about it, we're feeling better about it. As news goes, this is as good as we can get."" "Amaro said it probably changes the season's outlook, "because we'll have him back. There's a reasonable chance we'll have him back at some point. We still have a lot of question marks about where we're going to go in the next couple of weeks. Right now, the team is making decisions a little harder on me, which is fine and which is good. I'd rather be in this situation than thinking about 2014 right now."" The Phillies, who appeared to be selling before the trade deadline a few weeks ago, have been playing better baseball as of late. They won two of three against the Atlanta Braves and have won two of the first three of a four games series against the Washington Nationals.  Amaro appears to now be leaning towards becoming buyers to try and make a run in the National League East, arguably the weakest division in baseball right now. Howard, who is a 3 time All-Star, Rookie of the Year and MVP, has 311 career home runs and 963 runs batted in. He is batting .266 with 11 home runs in 80 games this season.

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