Phils provide updates on Schneider, Howard

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.