Originally posted on All Things Philly Sports  |  Last updated 10/8/11

A day later and it still hurts, especially for Ryan Howard. The Phillies confirmed today that Howard ruptured his left Achilles tendon on the final out of the season and he will need surgery. He can't have surgery right away because of the swelling and he figures to miss at least 6 months, putting to doubt whether he will be ready to start the 2012 regular season.

It's a good bet that Howard won't be ready at the start of the next season but it is nice to know he will likely suit up for the Phillies at some point next season. Barring any offseason moves, that could mean John Mayberry gets a chance to play every day at first base. As good as Mayberry was against lefties last year, let's hope Howard has a speedy recovery, especially considering that his new contract starts next season.

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