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 National League MVP, went on the disabled list Saturday. The three-time All-Star was hitting .266 with 11 homers and 43 RBI. He was noticeably hobbling during games. He said he continued to play through the pain because he thought he could perform.
Brewers activate Braun from DL
The Milwaukee Brewers activated slugger Ryan Braun from the disabled list and placed third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the DL with a nagging left knee injury.
Braun has been out for a month with a bruised right thumb. He was not in the lineup for the opener of a three-game series against Cincinnati, but he planned to test his hand again in batting practice and could be available to pinch-hit.
The 2011 NL MVP is batting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBI in 57 games this season.
Ramirez sprained his left knee on April 5 and was placed on the DL the next day.