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Carlos Ruiz close to returning from concussion

Jul 16, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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Carlos Ruiz has been on the disabled list since suffering a concussion on June 26, but the Phillies catcher has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment. reports that Ruiz will be in the lineup Thursday night at Single-A Clearwater and barring a setback he could be ready to return from the DL at some point next week.

That wouldn’t leave enough time for Ruiz to show contending teams that he’s healthy enough to be a July 31 trade pickup, but in the first season of a three-year, $26 million contract he could be moved during the August waiver trading period and the Phillies might have to eat some salary to get a deal done anyway.

Before the concussion Ruiz was doing his usual thing at the plate, hitting .257 with two homers and nearly as many walks (31) as strikeouts (35) in 66 games for a strong .363 on-base percentage and .719 OPS. When healthy he remains one of the best catchers in baseball, but at age 35 and with his injury and contract the trade market could be limited.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Before the concussion Ruiz was doing his usual thing at the plate- you mean except for the years where he got caught twice using PED’s, right?

    • greymares - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:09 AM

      As a Yankee fan you should know all about PED’s. I believe. They’re the leader in offenders.

  2. philliephanatic - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Adderal is a PED? Folks, we have a lot of kids in this country taking PEDs.

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