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Ryan Howard had surgery today

Oct 12, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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Matt Gelb reports that Ryan Howard had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon this morning.

The recovery time is unknown, though lots of people have been suggesting that it’s a solid six months.  I certainly wouldn’t bet the farm on him being in the Opening Day lineup right now but I suppose stranger things have happened.

Things like seeing Ryan Howard motor around a Whole Foods on a Rascal over the weekend. Nice.

  1. Jeff J. Snider - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    He won Rookie of the Year in only 88 games in 2005, so I don’t think he’ll have a problem winning MVP in 2012 even if he misses the first month or two.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      That’s the spirit!!! Optimism, I like it.

    • halladaysbicep - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      You don’t think he’s going to win the NLCS MVP??
      I swear the fair-weather fans in Philly are something else.

      • halladaysbiceps - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        You are a fucking punk. Get a life and stop ripping off my handle. Post like a man, not like some little pussy.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:02 PM

        Come on Man. Don’t be a chump. You need to get a freaking handle. What you are doing is “sissyfied.”

      • halladaysbicep - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        Dear HB,
        I am the product of you typing with your free hand.
        A reflection of sorts, without the beastiality.
        I am looking forward to a long winter with you.
        Sincerely,
        The fruit of your loins

      • CJ - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        dear Troll,

        please be advised that biological researchers have recently found that bicepts have neither fruit nor loins. you may now consider your life’s work fulfilled and go back to wherever you came from.

      • halladaysbicep - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        CJ,
        When your attached to, or affiliated with Halladay, nothing is impossible… well except making the next round in play offs.
        That said, I plan on being here for the winter, with countless variations of this stupid handle and access to VPN’s with 19,000+ IP’s in 32 countries.
        Enjoys.

      • CJ - Oct 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

        Yeah, becuase having a military grade VPN randomized thing makes you special. Do you know how many people use that thing (illegally I might add)…it’s more than just you. You’re not nearly as smart as you thikn you are.

        And if you’re really randomizing or hiding your IP in any fear that someone here might find you, then you are a sad, strange little man.

  2. xmatt0926x - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    I’d have a giggle at Howard riding around whole foods in that scooter, but then I remember that when he’s done in the store he rides around in a Bentley, goes home to his mansion and is married to a philadelphia eagles cheerleader. Pretty sweet deal. That was an odd thing to see though. You almost forget these guys are real people who still need to go to the store and pick up some eggs and milk.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Craig: Assuming my count is accurate…this makes (3) Phillies threads, (3) Red Sox threads and (2) Yankees threads TODAY. Completely understandable. After all…these (3) teams are still fighting for their playoff lives. Further, it isn’t like we have Game #3 of the NLCS looming this evening huh?
    That East Coast biasis stuff is totally unfounded. Not a merit of accuracy whatsoever.

    • spudchukar - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      Yeah, I usually leave the East Coast Bias stuff alone, cause there is little that can change the power of money, but I am with you today.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

        Oh I am with you Spud. It’s hard to argue though when the proof is in the pudding (as they say). Three Phillies threads, three Red Sox threads and (2) Yankees threads. But there is not East Coast bias. Totally off base…cause’ again…there isn’t an NLCS game this evening. With the exception of these (3) teams…there is nothing to write about.

      • CJ - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:04 PM

        “With the exception of these (3) teams…there is nothing to write about.”

        That’s the most intelligent thing I’ve ever heard you write. I completely agree.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      They are just following the stories. And why is it that because they post threads about the goings on, they are unable to post threads relating to the NLCS/ALCS? Are those concepts mutually exlucsive? Would you like no other baseball related news reported unless it directly relates to those series? I think the whole East Coast bias thing is missplaced in this situation. I do agree, however, that I another thread relating to those series would be nice.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM

        Great question Monkey. Precisely my point. Post about the going on (as you say). Again…I am with you. It is 1:45 P.M. and (3) Phillies threads, (3) Red Sox threads and (2) Yankees threads. ZERO threads about this evenings NLCS. How is my reference to a perceived bias missplaced? I am all ears.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Because these are the stories happening today. It has nothing to do with bias, just statements of fact. A bias would be not reporting stories because of their geographic locale…that is not the impression I get from HBT now or ever really. I could see if Craig were posting threads filled with editorial content, but largely it is just simple reporting with a short comment. Furthermore, there will be a blog or chat dedicated to the games tonight. If you want to discuss something now, I would be more than happy to engage in conversation.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

        Again…I am with you. Post about the “goings on” as you say. As a Baseball fan first and foremost…I read ALL of them. So…I will rephrase my question in the form of two questions. The first question is rethorical. Is there an NLCS game this evening? Next question. Where is the thread? Cause’ like you said (and I agree)…post about the “goings on.” Three Phillies threads, three Red Sox threads and two Yankee threads. Zero NLCS thread(s).

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      It’s looming. So what? We need something to discuss while we wait for the games to start :D

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        I agree FC. They are just posting the stories of the day. There is also an Astro post, a Ranger post, a Giant post….Cardinal fans should be happy there are not stories emanating out of St. Louis today.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Not following you Monkey. Typically you are pretty sensible so please advise as to what am I missing. Let’s recap…THREE Phillies threads, THREE Red Sox threads and TWO Yankee threads. How many threads have you seen today in regards to game #3 of the NLCS? East Coast bias…totally missplaced. Pretty obvious huh?

      • halladaysbiceps - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        stlouis1baseball,

        I agree with you. It’s an outrage and a disgrace with the amount of these east coast posts. I’m enraged.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:55 PM

        I just don’t see it as a bias in this instance. I see it more as reporting of the events of the day and on this particular day the stories are east coast dominant. Tomorrow, it could be midwest dominant. Who knows where the news will travel.

    • nategearhart - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      TLR? Is that you?

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Yes…I am drinking my wine and trying to determine how many double switches and Righty/Righty…Lefty/Lefty matchups I can use to prolong the game to reach the 4 1/2 hour mark. Cause’ after all…I obviously can’t manage a team.

      • paperlions - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        My turn to buy you a beer :-D

    • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

      Look, I get that you don’t like it. But this site has never — ever — been about writing the standard “Big Game preview.” We all know the Cards and Brewers are playing tonight. Other than listing the lineups and stuff, there isn’t a hell of a lot to say about the game until it happens. And when it does, we will, as we always do.

      Put differently, blogging is a reactive medium. The stories on the Red Sox and stuff that we’ve posted today are what is driving the baseball conversation today. If there were people reporting original, non-standard stuff about tonight’s game right now, we’d be all over it. But there isn’t a hell of a lot of that happening at the moment.

      I mean, I can say stuff like “Game 3 is pivotal! for the Brewdials!” and try to break out our “Master Lock Keys to the Game!” but that’s the same pap you can get anywhere.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

        Thanks for the explanation. I sincerely appreciate it.
        Now…where is the NLCS thread? Hahaha!

      • Craig Calcaterra - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        We don’t usually think in terms of “threads” around here. We know you all like having them, but our purpose of posting is never just to give one to you all.

        That said, I suppose I can find it in my heart to put up something about tonight’s forecast or something and slap a Cards’ picture on it for your commenting pleasure. Look for it at the bottom of the hour.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        “Master Lock Keys to the Game”

        But Craig, you have to admit that if it were Brewers/Phillies and if it were 2-0 Phillies, you would DEFINITELY have a posting up there saying what the keys to the game were for the Brewers to get back into the series. Or if it were 2-0 Brewers, you would have a post up asking what the Phillies need to do to get back into the series.

        I agree with the stl fans…you are showing a serious lack of respect to the NLCS and even the ALCS. However, I understand why as nobody really gives a crap.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM

        Craig…thanks for throwing us a bone. I really do appreciate the feedback. I will now try to start using the word “blog” in lieu of “thread.”

      • The Baseball Idiot - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        A Stan Musial post is ALWAYS appropriate.

    • halladaysbicep - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:06 PM

      Wake up and smell the sewage…
      This is a designated Phillies blog.

      • halladaysbiceps - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        The only sewage on this blog is the anti-Philly crap that comes out of your mouth, punk.

    • cleverbob - Oct 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM

      Craig knows where his bread is buttered…

  4. halladaysbiceps - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I hope that when Howard was shopping at Whole Foods be bought some carrots so he can see the strike zone better.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM

      Hahaha! Great post Biceps.

      • Jeff J. Snider - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        What veggies help you hit a lefty?

      • spudchukar - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:12 PM

        Rutabaga.

  5. Jonny 5 - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    All I can say at this point is “Get better soon Ryan”. And I have to add that I really dig the hawg you were cruising through Whole foods on. BTW, Whole foods is a terrible place to shop. Terrible.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      Couldn’t agree more (about Howard getting better soon of course).

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

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        Edit fu….. Oh forget it!

    • Old Gator - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      Nice change of pace. When Ryan Howard going good steps to the plate he’s one of the scariest hitters in baseball, and his presence is one of those things that makes the game so much fun to watch. When he’s going streaky, as he often does, the big question mark he brings with him is one of the other things that makes the game so much fun to watch. Get well and get back in there soon, big guy.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:27 PM

        It kind of nice for a person outside of Phillies fans express appreciation of Howard. Gator, you’re a man among boys.

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        I should just give up at this point. Multitasking today….

        *It’s
        Edit fu….. Oh forget it!

  6. lanflfan - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Even as a Dodger fan I hated seeing Howard get hurt. Injuries may be part of the game, but no one likes to see players suffer serious injuries (especially given the timing). Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery (and doesn’t push things too fast, get 100% healed).

  7. paulsdamnblog - Oct 12, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    After reading all of the comments on this post, particularly the complaining Cards fan, I completely forgot what it was about.

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