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John Lannan likely headed for season-ending knee surgery

Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09: Starting pitcher John Lannan #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts in the fifth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Phillies left-hander John Lannan is expected to undergo surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his knee, which would knock him out for the remainder of the season.

Todd Zolecki of reports that the recovery timetable would be 4-6 months, which should give Lannan time to be ready for spring training, although if the Phillies non-tender him the uncertainty surrounding his health might make finding another sizable contract tough.

Lannan is making $2.5 million this year, for which the Phillies got 74 innings of a 5.31 ERA, and he hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2011 with the Nationals.

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