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Phillies' Howard out 6-8 weeks

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An MRI performed on Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard showed he had a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to sidelined 6-8 weeks, multiple media outlets reported.

That prognosis means Howard is unlikely to return until late August, so if there are any setbacks, he could be out for the rest of the season.

Howard struggled last season after returning from a torn Achilles' tendon. He got off to a slow start this year as well, but since June 1 he was hitting .287 with four homers.

For the season, Howard is batting .266 with 11 home runs in 80 games.

Howard, 33, is making $20 million this season. The Phillies owe him $25 million per season for 2014, 2015, and 2016. There is a $23 million team option or $10 million buyout for 2017.

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