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Carlos Ruiz aims to begin rehabbing next week

Jul 12, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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Carlos Ruiz will head to Clearwater, Florida to take batting practice and work on blocking baseballs for a few days with the intent of beginning a rehab assignment on Friday, according to Corey Seidman of CSN Philly. Ruiz has been out since June 26, when he was hit in the head by a pitch against the Marlins.

Ruiz, 35, is in the first year of a three-year, $26 million contract signed last November. The catcher hasn’t shown much power, but has been their best player in the on-base department. In 273 plate appearances, he has two home runs, 14 RBI, and a .257/.363/.357 slash line.

Ruiz’s back-up, Wil Nieves, has been out since June 19 with a strained quad. As a result, the Phillies have had to resort to utilizing their third- and fourth-string catchers, Cameron Rupp and Koyie Hill.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Chooooooch. The thing I love most about this dude is how big he gets in clutch moments…he is never phased by those situations. When the Phillies badly need someone to get a hit for them, whether for an RBI or simply to keep the inning/game alive, I’d prefer Carlos Ruiz at the plate more-so than anyone.

    • greymares - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      I feel is best attribute is on the defense and handling a very diversified pitching staff.

  2. eagles512 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    As a Phils fan, I would agree for the most part until the last couple years. At this point if they could get some young talent for him, I’m in. Just don’t have any confidence in him at the plate anymore.

  3. greymares - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Not just this story but why is it necessary to include contract information on all story’s that are not of the feel good variety?

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