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Carlos Ruiz sits with oh, OW, OW, OW!

Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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After getting examined Wednesday, Carlos Ruiz is out of the Phillies lineup tonight with what’s officially being termed a left testicle contusion.

Ruiz was injured by a Roy Halladay pitch in Tuesday’s loss, and though he was attended to by the trainer then, he was able to finish the game.  He’s considered day-to-day, and Brian Schneider is starting in his place tonight.

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  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    And for some reason the Phanatic is milking a fake cow along the 3rd base side between innings.

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

      Say what you will about Winter Ball, but we get treated to Sexy cheerleaders between innings.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Nice double play there. Got to love Utely…he just kind of stand there and takes the contact. Sometimes I wish he would be a bit more cautious with his body but he is all about winning.

  3. FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Someone should tell Victorino it’s OK to try to hit line-drives now and then… getting on base and forcing the pitcher into a stretch can only help your team.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Oh, shit….they were just showing somebody that has a Phillies shirt with “Wheels” on the back. I have to get me one of those.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      I think that guy did one of those “your name here” shirts from shop.mlb.com

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Howard looks out of sorts…big time.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

      Hit that hard though….I’m not sure what happened out there in left field. Maybe he jumped to soon or didn’t need to jump but he made that look harder than it should have been.

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:56 PM

      But he had a nice AB. He hit that one pretty good, defense almost botched it. You know with a little more wind the Phillies might have had a couple more HRs.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM

        Yeah, he wasn’t flailing at those pitches away like he sometimes does.

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    Showing replays of Howard making a funny face after a swing and miss the previous at bat. Speculating that it could be an oblique…I am speculating that he missed a 90 mile an hour fastball middle in and was pissed. Still out there and doesn’t look to be in pain.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      Well, he was with the trainer so perhaps he did strain an oblique or something. We will see.

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Lee has to be around 100 pitches…probably be his last inning unless Ransom grounds into a DP. Lee now missing outside again.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Which he does….maybe Lee will come out for the 8th…probably will at 99 pitches. Would have somebody warming up though in case of problems.

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      While Lee isn’t Halladay I don’t see them taking him out unless Phillies take a good lead this inning.

  8. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    And the answer is Dave Cash….Wheels nails it again. He knows his Phillies history.

  9. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Good job by Pence going 1st to 3rd….second hit of the day for Mayberry Jr. He needs more playing time. Unfortunately, we now have Valdez, Schneider, and Lee up. Need to get this run home before Lee comes to the plate. Oh, shit Valdez smoked that. He almost put that out to dead center. I am in shock. Great job of scoring on that by Mayberry Jr.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM

      sends Saunders to the showers. I can’t believe Valdez hit a ball that far. I know he had a few HR last season, but this ball was crushed.

  10. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Well, they are pinch hitting for Lee after a sacrifice by Schneider. Great job tonight by Lee. Really got it together after a shaky second inning. Ben Francisco needs to get the job done here.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:15 PM

      Which he does…thought that might go out of the yard…lets see the replay. Thought Young might have pulled that back but he didn’t. Nice job by Francisco. He actually hasn’t done a bad job as a pinch hitter this season. Been their best PH actually.

      • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        Better than Gload (but then again, who isn’t)

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

        Your not kidding. It will be interesting to see if they make a move for a left handed bat off the bench. They should. I don’t think Cust is the answer but he is an upgrade just because he is conceivable he could put one out.

      • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:24 PM

        Agreed. I believe that your pinch hitter, especially late in games, needs to provide a threat of putting the ball over the fence. Getting on base it great, but if you are not a threat to go yard pitchers are not going to be afraid to let you put it in play

  11. firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    Utley needs to pull one down the line here

    • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

      and he didn’t. inning over

  12. FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    Well three runs is pretty good lead. 5 would have been awesome…

  13. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    And Bastardo continues his awesomeness…two more pop-ups.

  14. firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Great catch by Schneider. I really don’t like him, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

    and he just made another good one to end the inning

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      He does a nice job with the pitching staff. Not much of a hitter at all but they all seem comfortable with him. To me, that is the most important thing about a back up catcher. Their primary catcher at AAA is a 31 year old named Eric Kratz…only had a brief appearance in the majors last season with the Pirates but he is putting up really nice numbers down there and say he is an excellent defensive catcher as well. We will probably see him in September. He would have to be added to the 40 man though.

  15. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    On the farm…Savery continues pitching great out of the Lehigh Valley pen. It appears as though he might be their new closer with Schwimmer getting the call up. For anybody wondering, Blanton was transferred to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster. Blanton and Contreas both hope to be back pitching in the bullpen in September. Contreas would help…not sure about Big Joe.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM

      I have been a fan of Joe for years. Not so much because I think he is a great pitcher (I think he is a solid mid rotation guy), but because I love seeing guys with my body type in the majors. Fat people gotta stick together

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:44 PM

        Oh, don’t get me wrong…I like Blanton. He is solid. It’s just that I don’t see how he helps pitching out of the bullpen. Maybe it would be good for him to go out there and pitch without pain, confidence wise for next season.

      • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM

        I see what you are saying now. I guess giving him a chance to get some innings in would be good. I just don’t see why you would want to bring him back to pitch a few innings, only to then go into the off-season. I think it would make more sense for him to get the extra time off and come back completely healthy for next year

  16. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    Nice job of adding on runs here. The oblique didn’t appear to be bothering Howard in this inning. Good swing at the plate and moving well going home there. 3 hit game for Mayberry. Maybe he gets another game tomorrow. He should.

    • firedude7160 - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

      I am all for Mayberry getting more playing time. He is a major defensive upgrade over Ibanez, and does just fine offensively. I could see him playing Center, Brown in left and Victorino getting traded next year. I am not saying I want it to happen, but I wouldn’t rule it out

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

        Nah, they won’t trade Victorino. I think Mayberry Jr. and Brown split time next season. Shane is too valuable to the team to trade. I think it is imperative that they re-sign him after next season. For right now, I think Jr. gives the team the best chance to win in left field. It is cool to go with Ibanez when he is in a two week hot stretch, but the following six weeks is just brutal.

      • leftywildcat - Aug 20, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        Can Shane or Mayberry play 3rd base?

  17. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Diamondbacks kind of imploding this inning. Not sure why Ziegler went to 3rd there…really odd throw too. I mean, maybe if you were throwing to a good defensive third baseman but I don’t think that defines Cody Ransom.

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM

      It’s odd because of Ziegler’s already odd delivery. There is a reason the Phillies cut him loose you know.

  18. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    I see the Giants are trying to give away another game.

  19. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    And that is the ballgame. Good game for the Phillies tonight. Nice way to come back after last night. Tomorrow will be a tough match-up…with the Diamondback Ace on the mound versus the Vanimal. Ok, I see the Braves lost so the Phillies reclaim their 8.5 game lead.

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      I’m sure Chris is sad the Giants got a game up on the NL West and the WC :-)

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM

        He seems overly concerned about that.

  20. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    And for the record, it was a hand cramp for Howard…so nothing to worry about there.

  21. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    And just to end all of the in-game blogging, which was awesome, with a beautiful stat…The Phillies are 23-3 with Brian Schnieder behind the plate. So sabremetrically speaking, if he played 162 games, they would be around 142-20. That would be some kind of record I think ;)

    • FC - Aug 17, 2011 at 11:37 PM

      you know what stat I find extremely suspect: Career vs X Pitcher. It’s hilarious. so and so is 5 for 14 against Y hurler. It’s a favorable matchup. Sample Size? Helloooooo…

  22. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    OK, who is going around giving everything I said a thumbs down? Seriously, have the stuff was just a commentary about what was happening.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:36 AM

      Admitting you care about thumbs down gets you more thumbs down

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 18, 2011 at 7:25 AM

        Well yeah, but I was just curious because it seemed like somebody purposefully went through and thumbed down my comments. Like somebody has a vendetta. I was more concerned about the notion of a vendetta than anything else.

      • FC - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM

        Especially if he posts in a Guy Fawkes mask…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:50 AM

        Well, that could be a serious problem. Last thing I need is a cultured guy extremely proficient in throwing knives after me. But would he have a Kiera Knightley look alike with him? That might change my whole outlook on the situation.

  23. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    I was gonna say how funny it was that a post about Ruiz’s nuts has more comments than any other post in site. Then I realized Philles fans were just using this as a forum to talk about nothing so it’s not as funny I guess

    • FC - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:29 AM

      Admit it though, you were thoroughly amused before you clicked on it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 18, 2011 at 6:13 PM

        I was indeed, given the fact the post below had 0 comments I thought maybe Ruiz’s nuts were far more popular than Edgar Renteria is. I found that pretty amusing

  24. 12strikes - Aug 18, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    “Left testicle contusion”. I think my legs will be permanently crossed.

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