Ryan Howard Injury: Updates on Phillies Star's Knee
UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20
From The Morning Call's Mandy Housenick:
Ryan Howard to start hitting, taking ground balls and jogging on Thursday.— Mandy Housenick (@inthephilshouse) August 20, 2013
UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12
From Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
Ryan Howard is recovering from knee surgery in Florida. He has not yet begun to swing a bat, and Amaro is uncertain whether he will play again this season.
“I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year,” Amaro said. “If he’s 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it’s possible. But there’s no reason to rush him back.”
Working with Phillies injury-rehab staff, Howard has lost “15 to 20 pounds,” Amaro said.
CBS' Danny Knobler noted how Howard's surgery went:
Phillies say Ryan Howard surgery successful. 6-8 weeks recovery time.— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 10, 2013
Salisbury tweeted on Monday:
Amaro says Howard needs surgery on torn meniscus. Six to eight wk recovery. No date for surgery but will be soon.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) July 8, 2013
The Phillies placed the 33-year-old on the disabled list on July 6 after he experienced discomfort coming out of the batter's box in his team's 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves the Friday before. Howard reportedly wasn't able to take batting practice or ground balls on Saturday.
Howard is hitting .266 with 11 home runs, 43 RBI and 34 runs in 80 games this season. Last year, he played in just 71 games due to injury.
After posting 33 home runs and 116 RBI in 2011, Howard has certainly experienced a drop-off.
The Phillies are currently 43-46 this season, 7.5 games behind the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves. Philly is also 7.5 games back in the wild-card race.
When on the field, Howard has proved to be one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball throughout his career, but the injuries are beginning to become an item of concern as the slugger ages. He is a three-time All-Star and won the NL MVP award in 2006, but he hasn't made the All-Star team since 2010.
The Phillies hope they can get Howard back healthy for the final couple of months of the season. After all, they are going to need the veteran if they expect to get back into the pennant race.
Major League Baseball's last slate of games before the All-Star break is on July 14. The Phillies get back on the field on July 19 for the second half.
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