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Howard may have torn Achilles tendon

The pain from Friday night's Game 5 loss could end up being felt into next season. First baseman Ryan Howard said doctors suspect he may have torn his Achilles tendon while trying to run out a groundout that ended the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Cardinals in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series.

Howard may have torn Achilles tendon

Ryan Howard is helped off the field after grounding out to end Game 5 on Friday. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)
Ryan Howard is helped off the field after grounding out to end Game 5 on Friday. (Clem Murray/Staff Photographer)

 The pain from Friday night's Game 5 loss could end up being felt into next season. First baseman Ryan Howard said doctors suspect he may have torn his Achilles tendon while trying to run out a groundout that ended the Phillies' 1-0 loss to the Cardinals in the decisive fifth game of the National League Division Series.

Howard will have an MRI Saturday, at which point a better prognosis should be known.

Recovery time usually depends on the severity of the injury. Some tears have sidelined athletes for 4 to 6 months, others longer.

Howard, who has battled bursitis near the tendon, said he felt a "pop" as he was running to first base. He also felt a burning sensation.

"I was trying to run, and I just felt this pop," Howard said. "The whole thing just went numb, like it was on fire. Just tried to keep going, and went down. It literally felt like I was on a flat tire. I tried to get up. Couldn't go."


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