"After seeing the wound specialist in Philadelphia yesterday, Ryan Howard's wound has gotten smaller and is healing," the statement said. "We've been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal."
The Phillies also announced that outfielder Hunter Pence would undergo a precautionary MRI on his left, non-throwing shoulder after injuring trying to make a diving catch Sunday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported later Tuesday the MRI showed no structural damage. Pence was back in the Phillies' lineup Tuesday night. He hit a two-run homer in an 8-5 win over Arizona.
Howard suffered a torn left Achilles in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against St. Louis in October. He left spring camp on Feb. 26 to undergo a procedure to clean up an infection around the sutures from his surgery.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.