Philadelphia Phillies Should Shake Up Team With Ryan Howard Out 6-8 Weeks

Things just went from bad to worse in Philly as Ryan Howard will be out six to eight weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee. All that limping around the field was legit as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ slugger won’t be able to help his team try to cut the Atlanta Braves‘ seven-game lead in the NL East for the better part of the next two months.

What’s crazy is Howard suffered the injury several days ago and played through the pain in multiple games, but it was obvious he wasn’t 100 percent. I mean, the guy was limping around like he was crippled because he was! Now the Phils will have to wait quite a while for the former MVP to get healthy again.

Howard joins other Philly notables Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Roy Halladay on the disabled list and his backup, Erik Kratz, is still recovering from the same injury. Definitely don’t plan on a surprise playoff run this year, Philly fans.

But considering how the team has struggled in recent years, why not use this opportunity right before the 2013 MLB trade deadline to shake things up? The Phillies need new faces, so trading a guy like Cliff Lee just to breathe new life into this frustrated organization would be a wise move at this point.

Check out this other great article on Howard’s situation:

Losing Ryan Howard to Meniscus Tear is Last Thing Philadelphia Phillies Need