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Friday, July 18, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Carlos Ruiz, Reid Brignac, Wil Nieves

By on 7/18/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies begin a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves tonight sitting at 42-53, last place in the National League East. In the midst of a bad season there have been numerous injuries, particularly to the catching position, as both starter Carlos Ruiz and backup Wil Nieves have missed significant time. Rookie Cameron Rupp has seen the majority of time behind that plate lately, but that should change. There is good news on the injury front regarding Ruiz, Nieves, as well as third baseman Reid Brignac.

I reported on July 16 that Ruiz, who was placed on the concussion disabled list on June 27, was scheduled to play for Clearwater on Thursday.

According to the official website of the Clearwater Threshers, Ruiz started behind the plate for the Threshers and batted sixth. He went 0-for-3 but caught six innings without any issue. Brignac started at third base and batted cleanup. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

Ruiz, in his ninth Major League season, is batting .257 with two home runs and 14 RBI this season. He was an integral part of the Phillies 2008 World Series champion team and 2009 National League Championship team. His best season was in 2012 when he batted .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI.  Ruiz, who has played his entire career with the Phillies, is a career .273 hitter with 59 home runs and 350 RBI.

As for Nieves, according to, he started behind the plate for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Nieves batted cleanup and went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Nieves has been out since June 19 since injuring his hamstring when he felt a "little pop" in his right quad running out a double in a game against the Braves.

Nieves is batting .259 with a home run and four RBI this season. He's a career .241 hitter with nine home runs and 107 RBI.

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