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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Carlos Ruiz headed to Clearwater

By on 7/13/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies entered Saturday night's game riding a five-game winning streak and sitting at 42-51 on the season. Although still in last place, the Phillies were just eight games out in a relatively weak National League East. Although not ready to play, catcher Carlos Ruiz was a welcome presence in the clubhouse on Saturday. He will be headed to Clearwater to continue his rehab as he works his way back from a concussion.

Our own Raymond Bureau reported on July 2 that Ruiz, who went on the concussion disabled list on June 27, had not progressed much and his concussion was more serious than originally thought.

An update on Ruiz, as reported by Corey Seidman of, is that he'll block balls and take batting practice for the next few days before seeing game action behind the plate.

The Phillies have been thin at catcher with both Ruiz and Wil Nieves out with injuries. Cameron Rupp has been the starter with Koyie Hill backing him up.

Ruiz, in his ninth Major League season, is batting .257 with two home runs and 14 RBI this season. 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.

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