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Phillies disabled list: Carlos Ruiz off, Placido Polanco on

Sep 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Philadelphia activated Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list after the All-Star catcher missed the past five weeks with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, which is a surprise considering there was some recent talk about the Phillies simply shutting him down the season.

Not as surprising is the Phillies putting Placido Polanco on the disabled list, as he’d already been benched in favor of journeyman Kevin Frandsen and clearly wasn’t close to being fully healthy anyway.

Ruiz was having an amazing, breakout season before going on the DL, hitting .335 with 14 homers, 28 doubles, and a .959 OPS in 95 games. In his absence the Phillies turned to 32-year-old rookie Erik Kratz as their primary catcher and he’s remarkably hit .287 with nine homers and a .944 OPS in 38 games, so between his unexpected production and Ruiz’s health it’ll be interesting to see how manager Charlie Manuel divvies up the playing time behind the plate.

  1. timasahh - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    I’m glad that Chooch is healthy. He’s such an incredibly hard worker and has never let his ego get in the way of the team. To see him succeed so much this year has been such a delight, even with the team around him falling apart.

  2. Joe - Sep 7, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    What’s the point of putting a guy on the DL in September?

  3. lookinghitterish - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Cholly probably wants Chooch’s bat available for PHing, since he can run one of the recently-promoted Expandables for him if he gets on. Meanwhile, it’s been fun watching Hamels, in particular, trying to break in Kratz behind the plate these last few months. They just recently seemed to be getting on the same page, pitch-calling-wise. Wondering if he’ll stay behind the plate for the rest of the year, or if Chooch will get back there at all this month.

  4. xmatt0926x - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I wish they would just shut Chooch down for the final 3 weeks. What’s the point of having him put more pressure on a healing tear in his foot. The season is over. Then again, what was the point of throwing Worley out there again and again when his results began a dramatic downhill swing right after it was reported that he had bone chips in his elbow. I don’t get it.

  5. scotttheskeptic - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    matt
    Could not agree more. Was obvious by Memorial Day that this team was not post-season bound. All decisions from that point should have been with 2013 in mind.

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