Ryan Howard returning to Philly for testing

PHILADELPHIA - June 26, 2012

The Phillies announced Tuesday the first baseman will return to Philadelphia tomorrow for functional testing on his left Achilles.

If Howard passes testing, he will begin a rehabilitation assignment with single-A Lakewood on Thursday.

"If Ryan Howard starts his rehab assignment on Thursday in Lakewood NJ the Phillies 1B will be activated within 20 days barring a setback," Action News sports reporter Jeff Skversky tweeted Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Phillies also announced catcher Brian Schneider had an MRI today that revealed a high ankle sprain.

His expected recovery time is three to five weeks.

Schneider was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday after suffering the injury on Sunday against Tampa Bay.

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