Not so fast: Howard/Phillies 'cancel' availability

We've just been informed that Ryan Howard will not be discussing his contract situation today, and that there will be no official availability for the slugger.

Not sure what, exactly, happened, but we'll try to find out.

Phillies general manager Pat Gillick declined to discuss the negotiations, but did say Howard's presence at camp ahead of the official reporting date for position players was a positive sign.

"He doesn't have to be here. If there was a problem, he wouldn't be here," Gillick said. "So consequently by him being here is a very positive show by Ryan that he is happy with what happened last season going to the division championship and he's got his mind headed that way."

Stay tuned. We'll try to catch up with Howard and see if he has anything to say. . .