Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and he will be forced to undergo knee surgery. According to CSN Phillies insider Jim Salisbury, “no date for surgery has yet been scheduled, but it will take place soon”.
The surgery will keep Howard out at least six to eight months, but the recovery could keep him out for the remainder of the season if there are any setbacks.
Darin Ruf was recalled from Triple A Lehigh Valley to replace Howard on the major league roster.
Howard has seen his production on the decline since he suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon that happened during the 2011 playoffs. At 33-years-old, Howard is certainly on the downside of his career. The recent injury history is a troubling sign for Howard, and the Phillies can’t be much more comfortable with the $20 million dollars they owe him this year and the $25 million he is set to make over the next few seasons.
Before being placed on the disabled list, Howard was hitting .266 with a .319 on-base percentage, 11 homers and 43 RBIs.