Friday, October 9, 2015

Ruiz placed on disabled list; Oswalt improving

The Phillies placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 28.

Ruiz placed on disabled list; Oswalt improving

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list Sunday. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation. The move is retroactive to April 28.

Ruiz will travel with the team to Miami after tonight's game, will catch another bullpen tomorrow, take batting practice with the team and then head off to Clearwater to get in some swings with the extended spring training group, including Chase Utley, and is expected to rejoin the team in Atlanta this weekend.

Ruiz left the April 27 game against Arizona in the first inning with sharp pains in his back and down his leg.

Initially, the expectation was that Ruiz would miss a few games but would not need to go on the disabled list. He took some swings last Wednesday for the first time since he was hurt.

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Ruiz caught Cliff Lee's bullpen today, then did extra footwork drills and talk some swings in the batting cage. He is much improved the past 2 days.

Ruiz is batting .226 with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in 21 games this season.  He has gone hitless in his last 23 at-bats.

A corresponding move will be made after tonight’s game to replace Ruiz on the 25-man roster.

That move is expected to be that righthander Joe Blanton willl be activated off the DL to start Monday night in Florida against the Marlins. Blanton threw an uneventful bullpen session Saturday.


Roy Oswalt threw a bullpen session and is much better, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee.

However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he expects that Oswalt will need a rehab start before he can pitch in a game.

Oswalt was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to April 27, on Friday with lower back soreness.


If you are scoring at home, Ruiz, Oswalt, Brad Lidge, Chase Utley, Jose Contreras and Joe Blanton (for another few hours) are currently on the disabled list. JC Romero is back from the DL and Domonic Brown is back from the DL and in Triple A with Lehigh Valley, where he is swing a hot bat.

Brown is batting .409 after going 2-for-3 today, including a home run measured at 408 feet to the opposite field off a lefthanded pitcher.



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