Howard has full tear; out 5-6 months

Ryan Howard will miss five to six months after having surgery to repair his torn Achilles. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed that first baseman Ryan Howard had a full tear of his left Achilles tendon, after surgery was performed by Dr. Mark Myerson in Baltimore.

The surgery was described as successful and included a PRP injection.

“It’s going to be 5 to 6 months from the surgery until he can play at his accustomed level,” Amaro said in a statement released by the team. “A lot depends on how he recovers. The start of the season could be impacted, but I still hope he makes his first at bat of the season.”

Howard will be immobilized for up to two weeks. He could begin weight bearing and and strengthening exercises in approximately a month.

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