Ryan Howard will step up his injury rehab in the coming week and Chase Utley might not be far behind.

Howard has been cleared for baseball activities. He will travel to Florida on Sunday and shift his workouts to the Phillies' training facility in Clearwater on Monday.

Utley, meanwhile, could join the Phils for workouts "in the next week or so," according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Utley would spend a handful of days going through pre-game workouts with the club and being evaluated by the team's athletic training staff before heading to Florida to increase his baseball preparation.

Amaro cautioned that neither player has had a spring training and that it will take time before both are ready for major-league game action. But, Amaro did concede that "we're seeing a little bit of a light at the end of tunnel."