Ryan Howard requires a
surgical procedure on his left knee and will be lost to the Phillies
from six to eight weeks, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday.
Howard was placed on the disabled list
Saturday, and an MRI and an x-ray Monday revealed that he had a torn
medial meniscus, according to Amaro.
“It is not that dissimilar from what
Erik Kratz had, and Erik is actually playing now,” Amaro said
before the Phillies played the Washington Nationals. “He moved
pretty quickly. Hopefully, we will have the same time frame, but
everybody's knee is different.”
In 286 at-bats, Howard was hitting .266
with 11 home runs and 95 strikeouts.
“We can only speculate the length of
how long it is going to take him to rehab,” Amaro said. “But we
will shoot for the conservative one and hope that it comes back
“I'm encouraged,” Amaro added. “It
could have been much more significant damage. Obviously we don't want
any of our players to be on the D.L. For long. But we know what it
is. We know it is treatable. And hopefully we can have him back in
time to play in the course of this year.”