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Ryan Howard has torn Achilles

Updated: October 10, 2011, 8:22 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard might miss the start of spring training and possibly part of the regular season after tearing an Achilles tendon.

The power-hitting first baseman was injured on the final play of Philadelphia's season-ending loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series Friday night, falling as he ran out of the batter's box on his groundout.

The team said Saturday night an MRI revealed a rupture of Howard's left Achilles tendon.

"He ...

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