Howard doing well as wound heals

Howard doing well as wound heals

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Phillies flew 2,600 miles to San Francisco on Sunday, but Ryan Howard stayed behind.

He visited a wound specialist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Monday. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had little to report other than the wound in Howard's left heel continues to heal. Howard suffered a setback in February, when an infection developed following surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon. The infection required a surgical procedure Feb. 27 to remove sutures that had not properly dissolved.

"His wound is still healing," Amaro said. "He's doing well. We're continuing the same deal."

There is no timetable for Howard's return.

"The biggest challenge was for the wound to get to the skin from how deep it was," Amaro said. "It's getting there. It's getting pretty close. ... The question is when does he start doing stuff so it doesn't compromise the healing process? We're still on hold as far as that is concerned. Hopefully we'll know more in the next couple of days."