Ryan Howard

Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard gestures towards the fans after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game with the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 5-4. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

PHILADELPHIA – Ryan Howard will miss the next six to eight weeks of the season, the Phillies announced today.

Howard will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

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The Phillies placed Howard on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. He underwent an MRI today.

No date for the surgery has been set.

“It was a normal tear,” Amaro said. “I’m encouraged it could have been much more significant damage.”

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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