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Phils slugger Howard out up to two months

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

The Phillies slugger needs surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss at least 6-8 weeks. An MRI exam Monday confirmed the tear. A date for surgery hasn't been set.

"It could have been much more significant damage," GM Ruben Amaro 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, 33, was noticeably hobbling before he was shut down Saturday.

JETER PLAYS: Yankees SS Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in five innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his third game back from an ankle injury. Jeter tested the left ankle several times while playing the field for the second time and was part of four defensive plays.

BRAUN BACK: The Brewers activated OF Ryan Braun, who had been out since June 9 with a right thumb contusion. 3B Aramis Ramirez went on the disabled list for the second time after aggravating a left knee injury.

DODGERS: CF Matt Kemp went on the disabled list with joint inflammation in his troublesome left shoulder.

INDIANS: RHP Zach McAllister, on the disabled list since June 8 with a sprained right middle finger, pitched a three-inning simulated game.

MARINERS: RHP Jeremy Bonderman, who had come back after missing two seasons, was designated for assignment. LH reliever Lucas Luetge was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

ORIOLES: LHP Wei-Yin Chen, out for two months with a strained oblique muscle, is set to come off the disabled list and start Wednesday.

RED SOX: LH reliever Andrew Miller needs surgery on his left foot and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

ROCKIES: SS Troy Tulowitzki, who was expected to miss 4-6 weeks when he went on the DL June 14 with a right rib fracture, began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs. … RHP Roy Oswalt went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

ROYALS: The team moved LHP Bruce Chen into a starting role and shifted RHP Luis Mendoza to the bullpen.

Phils slugger Howard out up to two months 07/08/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 8, 2013 9:45pm]
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