As you've no doubt heard, last night's decisive Division Series Game 5 ended in bizarre fashion, with Ryan Howard hitting a ground ball to second baseman Nick Punto and almost immediately collapsing to the ground in a heap.
As you've no doubt also heard, the pre-MRI speculation was that Howard suffered a serious Achilles injury.
According to Philadelphia radio's Howard Eskin, the speculation was correct:
Not that they had the same injury Howard's suffered. But "May or June" is both imprecise and distant, so one certainly can't rule out July at this point, either.
Either way, the Phillies should survive. Frankly, Howard wasn't a great player this season, and we wouldn't have expected him to be great next season. He does play almost every day, and he does hit right-handed pitching real well. However, with Hunter Pence, Domonic Brown and John Mayberry all fighting for time in the corner outfield spots, maybe someone can take a crash course this winter in playing first base.