Phillies injury update: Lannan likely out for year

Phillies injury update: Lannan likely out for year

August 20, 2013, 6:15 pm
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John Lannan was 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in his first season with the Phillies. (AP)

With Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone pitching in rehab outings on Tuesday night and inching closer to possible returns, the Phillies had more updates on injured players to report before the game against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park:

John Lannan
The lefty starter is likely finished for the season after a visit with team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, revealed he had a ruptured tendon in his left knee, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Proefrock added that Lannan will seek a second opinion in Los Angeles with renowned orthopedist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Lannan is on the disabled list for the second time this season. He missed two months with a strained quadriceps near his left knee. A free-agent pickup in the offseason, Lannan went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts in his first year with the Phillies.

If Lannan is finished for the season, he goes into the winter as an arbitration-eligible player.

Ryan Howard
Proefrock said the Phils’ slugger was in Philadelphia over the weekend for a checkup with Ciccotti and will begin baseball-related activities on Thursday, consisting of hitting, fielding and jogging.

Proefrock did not know if Howard would be back this season after undergoing surgery on a torn meniscus. However, the plan was to get Howard back to where the were “no surprises” in spring training next February.

“Everybody that saw him said he looked like he’s in good shape,” Proefrock said of Howard. “I think that’s the main thing, to get a foundation back up for him. Quite frankly, since he injured the ankle two years ago, that’s been a concern that it may have led to some of the other issues he’s having.”

Ben Revere
The Phils’ centerfielder is off his crutches and progressing from his broken ankle. As with Howard, Proefrock said he was unsure if Revere would play for the Phillies this season, but both players should be able to play some instructional league games in Florida by the end of the year.

Mike Stutes
He's been throwing and performing bullpen sessions, Proefrock said. When the right-hander gets closer to a comeback, a clearer rehab plan will be mapped out, he said.

Joe Savery
The lefty reliever will likely go out on a rehab assignment in Florida before the end of the week, Proefrock said.

Mike Adams
Proefrock said the right-handed setup man will be ready for spring training.