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Ryan Howard Sidelined After Treatment For Infected Wound

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard's recovery from a ruptured Achilles is becoming more and more complicated.

Howard had a procedure on Monday to clean out an infection around the sutures in his surgically repaired Achilles tendon, according to Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan.

"I think it's common for the skin behind the achilles to have trouble healing," Sheridan said. "I don't know that it's common for the infection to occur. But I do know that area is a tough area to heal. It doesn't have very good blood supply. And sometimes it becomes challenging for that area to heal."

The Phillies hoped Howard would return by May, but that is up in the air now. Howard is entering the first year of a five-year, $125 million contract.

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