After weeks of not wanting to put a timetable on Ryan Howard's potential return to the lineup, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. offered a hint on Wednesday.

Amaro was asked if he believed Howard could be back before the end of June.

"I don't believe so," he said. "I don't think so."

Could Howard be back by the All-Star break?

"I don't know," Amaro said.

The Phillies play their last game before the All-Star break on July 8 and resume play again on July 13.