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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Phillies Injury Update: Carlos Ruiz could return next week

By on 7/16/2014 02:00:00 PM

Coming off a disappointing 42-53 record in the first half of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies begin the second half against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. Although still in last place, the Phillies have played better of late and could see more improvement with the return of catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has been out with a concussion.

I reported on July 13 that Ruiz, who was placed on the concussion disabled list on June 27, was set to begin block balls and take batting practice for the next few days before seeing game action behind the plate.

Matt Gelb, who covers the Phillies for The Philadelphia Inquirer, tweeted the following update on Ruiz.
Carmeron Rupp has seen the majority of the time behind the plate in the absence of Ruiz, with backup Wil Nieves also sidelined. Rupp has done a good job behind the plate, but is hitting just .195 with 14 strikeouts in 41 at bats.

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.

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