After seeing a wound specialist on Friday, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard expressed confidence that he could be soon begin working out.

Howard has been limited since Feb. 27, when he required a procedure to clean an infection from his original Achilles tendon surgery wound.

Speaking following Friday's 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, Howard sounded optimistic.

He said he hoped he could convince the Phillies to allow him to go to Florida on Sunday to begin rehabilitation.

"The priority No. 1 was making sure the wound closed up so we didn't have it happen again and now we're in a place where we start to move forward," Howard said.

Howard said he has no date in mind for a return.

"Not really," he said. "Right now I want to get to Florida and se ehow my body and leg reacts to getting things back together."

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