Phils' Howard needs surgery

PHILADELPHIA — There's a reason why Ryan Howard was limping around the field.

The Philadelphia Phillies' slugger needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least six to eight weeks. An MRI on Monday confirmed the tear in his knee. A date for surgery hasn't been set.

"It could have been much more significant damage," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We don't want any of our players on the DL. But we know what it is and it's treatable. Hopefully we can get him back in time to play this year."

Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs. He was noticeably hobbling during games before he was shut down. He said he continued to play through the pain because he thought he could perform.

"We have to take care of it," Amaro said.


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