Ryan Howard will miss approximately six-to-eight weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The first baseman was placed on the 15-day DL with knee inflammation on Saturday. There is no date for the surgery yet, but he will have it soon.
Howard, 33, was hitting .266/.319/.465 (110 OPS+) with 11 home runs in 80 games before being placed on the DL. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. recently criticized him for "not doing the job" and being a platoon player who struggled against left-handers.
Left leg injuries have plagued Howard in recent years. He had a quad strain in 2007, an ankle sprain in 2010 and a ruptured Achilles during the postseason in 2011. That required offseason surgery and sidelined him until July 2012.
The Phillies have been on the fence about selling in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline -- at 43-46, they are a distant third in the NL East -- but the Howard injury could push them toward selling. Players like Michael Young, Delmon Young, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon and Cliff Lee could all wind up on the market. Some more likely than others, obviously.
Howard is in the second year of a five-year, $125 million contract extension signed way back in April 2010.