Phillies 1B Howard Has Achilles Examined

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is in Baltimore to have his surgically repaired left Achilles examined.

Scott Sheridan, the Phillies head athletic trainer, said Monday the visit wasn’t a sign of a setback on Howard’s rehabilitation. Weekend reports indicated that Howard was wearing a bandage on his left ankle because of a seroma, an open wound at the surgical point.

Howard will visit with Dr. Mark Myerson, who performed the surgery, before returning to Clearwater Wednesday.

“We wanted Ryan to go back and see Mark, so this is a scheduled appointment. It just so happens that there’s a nice little adjunct to it, that he’s going to have something else to look at,” Sheridan said. “The Achilles tendon is notorious for not healing well, the skin over top of it. The Achilles area doesn’t have a great success rate as far as the skin. It sometimes has breakdowns and it becomes challenging.”

Howard suffered a torn left Achilles in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis in October.

Source: Associated Press