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Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: October 8, 2011 2:11 am
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Ryan Howard

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The visual told you all you needed to know, as the Cardinals celebrated their 1-0 victory over the Phillies, the man who made the last out sat on the ground in apparent pain. And it wasn't just the pain of an ended season, it was real, physical pain as Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard suffered an Achilles injury after ground out to Ryan Theriot to end the game.

Howard told reporters after the game he fears he tore the tendon (via Matt Gelb of the Phialdelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb on Twitter). 

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"It felt like my bat came around and hit the back of my Achelles," Howard told reporters after the game. "I tried to run and felt a pop and it felt like the whole thing was on fire. I tried to run, but felt like I was litterally on a flat tire. I tried to get up, but I couldn't go." 

It was a rough ending for a rough night for Howard, who went 0 for 4 on the night. However, he wasn't alone as the first four batters in the Phillies lineup went just 1 for 15 in the game and the bottom four went 0 for 12 against Chris Carpenter.  Howard not only went hitless on Friday, he finished the series with just two hits and none in the last three games of the series.

Howard, a St. Louis native, is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday. A ruptured Achilles could mean a lengthy rehab that would cut into a good part of the 2012 season. The 31-year-old is under contract through the 2016 season with $125 million left on his contract.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

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Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:42 am
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

Easy to look good in regular season with oh so many games. You know. The peaks & valleys. But 2 straight Classic Choke Moments simply can not be overlooked. Can they? Overweight guy should eat less, work out more & strikeout much less. Oh where art thou Mike Schmidt?




Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 12:39 am
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

Chase Utley is being paid FOR #'s of three years ago. He has been underachieving and fragile for at least 2 years now. Bum blows. This is exactly why I am in favor of performance-baced salary with a mini-guaranteed salary. Joe Morgan can sleep well tonight. He is by far the Best Hitting 2nd-Basemen Ever! The sure-fire Hall-Of-Famer which we say shades ago in '07 or '08 is just an abberiation. Like everything else in this world, the Best Of The Best Have Already Been.



Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

First, I want to say I wish Howard a very speedy recovery!! When I saw him on the ground the first thing I thought was a sprained ankle or a twisted knee at first. But when I saw the replay it reminded me of Dan Marino when he tore his achilles. The sad part is a lot of people will blame this loss on him, true he didn't have a good game or series but he wasn't alone. Hopefully he doesn't become a scapegoat and gets well soon.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

Hopefully Howard's Injury will not be bad enough to keep him out for a prolonged time period. He always gets a bum rap for some reason or another. Especially from non Phillies fans.  What more do you want this guy to do other then win the entire World Series on his shoulders?  He hit 30 plus HRS this year and knocked in over 100 RBIS for the 6th straight season. A club record. Everyone wants to blame him because they lost last year in the NLCS and this year in the NLDS.  What about the rest of the players to Blame?  Cliff (cant hold a 4 run lead) Lee is one who needs to be blamed.  Polanco (even though he was really hurting), Carlos Ruiz, Hunter Pence.....all did NOTHING in this series.

I also have to admit my anger towards Charlie Manual for several reasons.  First, he had a chance to end this in St. Louis in game four when he coould have pitch Roy Halladay, but no he goes with Oswalt who can at time be lights out but also couldnt hold a lead that was givien to him.  He should have started Valdez in game 5, other then playing the field great Polly did squat. Who knows what Valdez might have done at the plate.  And lastly, why he choose to tinker with the line-up after what they did the last week of the season, he should have left well enough alone or switched back......he failed to do both.

Credit to the Cardinals for fighting through the whole series and beating a team that most writers had going to the World Series and winning it all.  Congrats!



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

One can think they were hit in the back of the leg with that type of injury. I fell down with a similar injury and looked around to see if anyone had hit me with some kink of a small object.
 So all that could have happened to Howard was he strained the back of his leg. If he is lucky, it will heal itself over time. If unlucky, he may end up in a leg cast. Dpends on where on the hip to heel he strained himself. 



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Howard suffers Achilles injury on final out

I supppose your a yankees fan.  The only have a payroll of 2 billion dollars. Oh weait I see the pitt logo you must be from pittsburgh when is the last time your pirates even smelled a division title or the playoff...Oh thats right this year when they let a bad call screw their season up.  And before that it's been close to what 20 yrs.  For your uniformed mind let me school you on how the phillies built their team and rotation...... Howard,utley Rollins,and Hamels all came up through the farm system and if they did spend money on them you pay to keep your home grown talent.... Oswalt,Halladay and pence and I'll throw Cliff lee in there all came through trades because they had depth in their farm system to get them... In lee's case the team made such an impression on him he came back to phile  for oh get this LESS MONEY than the yanks and rangers were offering him.  yes they spent5 some money on him but only 5 million more than they would have had to pay werth.
 Remembere this one of the reason the cardinals made the playoffs besides playing truly awesome baseball over the last month was the phillies and charlie manuel played his regular line up through the WHOLE SEASON out of respect for the game and swept the braves.
 So instead of the Phillies trying to buy a title here's $5 to go buy yourself a clue..on second thought here's $10 don't want to short change you


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