It might take a little bit, but help is on the way.

Ryan Howard got good news from a wound specialist Friday and says he hopes to head to Clearwater Sunday to begin rehabbing. The news gets even better for Phillies fans, as Howard thinks he'll be able to start hitting in about a week.

"The tendon itself is fine, it's strong," Howard said in the Phillies' clubhouse after Friday night's game. "It's just a matter of kind of getting back into the swing of things first, and then start hitting. I'll probably give myself a week or so, see how it is ... and then see about trying to start to hit."

Howard has only been able to take grounders in recent weeks.

The Phillies' slugger tore his Achilles on the final play of the Phillies' 2011 season, the 1-0 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NLDS. The wound from the incision on his Achilles' surgery became infected; Howard had another procedure on Feb. 27 to clean out the wound.