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.
Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will play for single-A Clearwater on Thursday, so he could return next week.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.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 16, 2014
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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