Officially, the Phillies say there's still no timetable on Ryan Howard and Chase Utley returning to the lineup.

But there's a growing feeling that the two key Phillies could join the team sometime in June, with Howard's return expected to be sooner and also considered more certain.

Howard has just started taking live batting practice at the Phillies' spring training complex in Florida, but has yet to play in any games. Utley remains with the major-league team and continues to take batting practice, but only began taking ground balls on the field this week.