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Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain.

He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days.

9:22 AM: It’s still too soon to call the Phillies done, but they continue to make things pretty hard on themselves.

Carlos Ruiz left last night’s game against the Blue Jays with a left oblique strain. He received treatment after the game and will be re-evaluated later today, but Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he expects Ruiz will be sidelined for at least the next few days.

“That’s a big one,” Manuel said. “He’s our .360 hitter, the guy that’s been hot, the guy that’s been consistent. He won’t play for a few days, that’s for sure. We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Manuel is obviously holding out hope here, but given what we know about these types of injuries, a stint on the disabled list appears likely.

While the Phillies’ offense has struggled without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Ruiz is in the midst of a career year. The 33-year-old backstop is hitting .363/.424/.578 with eight homers, 35 RBI and a 1.002 OPS in 58 games while throwing out 37 percent (17-for-46) of attempted basestealers. Brian Schneider will fill in behind the plate for now while Eric Kratz is expected to join the team in Toronto today.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Crap.

    • CJ - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      might as well call em the Philadelphia Iron Pigs. It’s still early, but with all the injuries you can kiss the division goodbye pretty much. Just hoping for a wildcard at this point.

    • cur68 - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      Lousy break there, brah. Its all up to Juan Pierre to carry the offence now.

      Good luck with the oblique, Chooch.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Crap happens. He was not the only player hurt last night. Remember! There is no crying in baseball.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        I’m not crying…it’s all this damn dust in here….

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2012 at 11:40 AM

        Good luck with the dust and the dust mites.

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