Blog Entry

Howard, Hamels to undergo surgery

Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:23 pm
By Matt Snyder

With the Phillies 2011 season coming to a close on a 1-0 loss in Game 5 of the NLCS to the Cardinals, the focus for many players now shifts to getting ready for next season. And for a handful of them, it means having to immediately get some injuries taken care of.

The big one here is first baseman Ryan Howard. He was injured on the final play of Game 5 and an MRI revealed that it's bad news. He has ruptured his left Achilles tendon and will require surgery. He has to wait until the swelling goes down before the surgery and there's no timetable for his recovery until the procedure has been completed. The official line from the Phillies is that "there is no guarantee he will be ready for spring training." A reasonable expectation is about six months, which gets us into April, depending upon when Howard has the surgery. And what if there are setbacks? And whenever Howard's injury is healed enough to allow him to resume baseball activities, he'd then have to work his way into game shape. So this is already an issue for the 2012 season.

Starting pitcher Cole Hamels is also going to go under the knife. Twice. First, he's going to have "loose bodies" removed from his left (throwing) elbow on Oct. 14. Then, a week later, he's going to have surgery to repair a inguinal hernia. Expect Hamels to be ready come mid-February, though, as these aren't serious procedures like Howard is going to have.

There are more, too.

Right fielder Hunter Pence is going to have an MRI on his sports hernia to evaluate the severity of the injury. A course of action will be determined after the results of the MRI are known.

Third baseman Placido Polanco is also going to have an MRI on his sports hernia, and the Phillies report surgery is likely. 

Bench player Ross Gload will have his hip injury examined, but is likely to undergo arthroscopic surgery.

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Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:19 pm

Howard, Hamels to undergo surgery

No, it's my personal protest at the continued stupidity of having two words when one is sufficient since the context tells you exactly what is being conveyed.  Kind of like write and anyone so stupid they dont know what is being said?  Like, right that down on a piece of paper or take a write turn at the light.  Just pick one and move the F on, everyone will know what it means from the context.

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:48 pm

Howard, Hamels to undergo surgery

More THAN 20 HRs. Could you pleeeeeeeze learn the difference!!

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:36 pm

Howard, Hamels to undergo surgery

Hmm, how stupid will Elmer Fudd look now playing longball without our only threat to hit more then 20 Hrs?  Obviously he has to go since 2012 will likely require some actual management.  Here's hoping Amaro doesnt panic and start doing stupid things like resigning Ibanez for three years, or breaking the bank on a bad free agent like a Bay or Werth.  As for Howard's production, keep in mind a very below average Rico Brogna drove in 100 runs a year hitting clean up for a bad phillies team in the late 90s.  With our starting pitching the Phils will be fine for the regular seaons next year.  Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Worley, Blanton should easily be the best rotation in baeball again.

Hey Amaro, keep in mind CBP is a great hitters park so dont overpay for stiffs because most guys will hit there (see Rowand, Werth and Burrell).   Try bringing in some guys on the cheap, and I'm guessing one or more will suddenly turn into a good hitter.   

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:57 pm

Howard, Hamels to undergo surgery

wow.. so now he makes $25 million next year for lifting weigthd.. he'll never be able to have a positive return om investment for the Phillies... also,, thats what happens when you sit around for three hours playing baseball and beong out of shape for professional athletics...

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