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Howard Suffers a Set-Back; Will Wear a Walking Boot.

When will Howard return to the Philliesn line-up? (Drew Hallowell, Getty Images)

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Ryan Howard could be in a walking boot for as many as 10 days following a procedure to have stitches removed from an infected area of his surgically-repaired left Achilles tendon.

“We immobilized him,” Amaro said, “just because our main priority is to just get the infection out of there.”

Amaro also added:  ”"I don’t know when he’s going to start baseball activities, I don’t have any idea. I don’t have any time frame one way or another.”

Not good news, but also not a surprise, we stated on the Sports Bash that Howard won’t be back until after June 1st and still think that time frame is closer to his return, then the Phillies time-table of May.  Larry Bowa, now with the MLB Network also stated on the Sports Bash last week that he felt it would be after June 1st when Howard returned and that he might not be 100-percent all season.

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