The Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday provided updates on the respective statuses of catcher Brian Schneider and first baseman Ryan Howard.

Schneider underwent an MRI which revealed a high ankle sprain, and he is expected to be fully recovered in 3-to-5 weeks. The 35-year-old backstop was injured on Sunday when Tampa's Sean Rodriguez collided with him on a play at the plate.

He was hitting .232 in 26 games this season.

Howard, who has not played in the majors since suffering a torn Achilles tendon on October 8, will return to Philadelphia for additional testing on the injury.

If the test goes well, Howard is slated to begin a rehab assignment at Single- A Lakewood this coming Thursday.