Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/26/12
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will leave training camp and head to the doctor due to trouble with his surgically-repaired Achilles tendon.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard will visit Dr. Mark Myerson, the surgeon who repaired Howard’s ruptured Achilles in the fall. However, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. called the trip a “routine checkup”, despite the fact that Howard was seen with a bandage on his foot this weekend.

Manager Charlie Manuel told the media that Howard had suffered "a little setback" due to an infection where the surgical incision was made. Amaro doubled back quickly, stating that Howard had developed a seroma - a small cyst of fluid – near the wound.

Howard took batting practice Saturday with his teammates but is not expected to return to the lineup until at least May.

He hit .253 BA with 33 home runs and 116 RBIs last season before suffering the Achilles injury in the final at-bat of the National League Divisional Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
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