No timetable for Howard's return yet

TAMPA, Fla. -- It will be a while before the Phillies see Ryan Howard back on the field in Spring Training.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field that Howard, who is recovering from a surgical procedure following an infection in his left Achilles, will be in a walking boot for seven to 10 days to keep his foot immobilized.

Howard is taking antibiotics for the infection.

Amaro said there is no timetable for Howard's return to workouts in Clearwater, Fla. Howard has not been on the field since Feb. 25.