Howard to have checkup early next week

Howard to have checkup early next week

Howard to have checkup early next week
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is headed north for a checkup early next week with foot and ankle specialist Mark Myerson.

Reports Saturday said Howard suffered a setback, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that is not the case.

Howard, however, has developed a seroma, from the stitches following his left Achilles surgery in October.

"We don't view that as a setback or affecting his rehab or anything like that," Amaro said. "He's doing real well. His strength is starting to come. He's doing more baseball activities. You saw him on the field take BP today."

Amaro said the appointment with Myerson was scheduled days ago.

"If he continues to do more baseball activities, it's important for him to be seen by the doctor," he said. "The added benefit of going to see the doctor is he can deal with the seroma that needs to be dealt with. Who knows what the doctor might find, but we don't view it as a setback. It's not changing his progress. If something does, we'll let you know."

Howard is expected back in camp Tuesday or Wednesday.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.