Despite being at the top of the RBI and home run list every year, Ryan Howard doesn't present much in the form of getting on base at a consistent race. He seemingly steps up and swings for the fence on every single at bat.
He is very inconsistent, and lacks a high on-base percentage. To make matters worse, he's not exactly the best fielder in the game. At this point, all he brings to the table is power, and it's not $135 million worth of power.
He is getting older by the year, and his game is bound to deteriorate over the next few years. Now, word has come down that he has torn his Achilles' tendon according to the USA Today.
The Phillies released a statement via the USA Today in relation to the process for handling the injury.
He cannot have surgery until the swelling resolves, and it has not been determined who will perform the surgery. Recovery time won't be known until after the surgery is complete, and there is no guarantee he will be ready for spring training.
At this point, it is pretty unlikely that he is ready for spring training, and he will likely miss some regular season action as well.
There have been some concerns that he could miss nearly all of the regular season next year, depending on how long it takes for the swelling to go down, and how bad the injury is once they perform the procedure.
This injury is only going to speed up Howard's deterioration, and he may just be widely regarded as the MLB's most overpaid player in the coming years.