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Infection to delay Howard’s recovery process

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has suffered a setback in his rehab following left Achilles tendon surgery.

The Phillies said Wednesday at Bright House Field that Howard will miss at least a few days following a procedure he had Monday in Baltimore to clean an infection from his original wound. But looking at the big picture, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said the Achilles is intact, like they had hoped.

But Howard will miss some time following his procedure Monday. Myerson cleaned out Howard’s sutures from the original surgery in October. A suture did not dissolve properly, which caused an infection and has put Howard on antibiotics.

Myerson has consulted with infectious-disease doctors, and the Phillies will consult with Myerson over the next couple of days to determine how it will affect Howard’s rehab program.