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Manuel: Ruiz and Romero ready for Reds

Charlie Manuel did not announce his postseason roster for the division series with Cincinnati at his news conference Tuesday afternoon, but he did say that both catcher Carlos Ruiz and lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero will be ready for Game 1 against the Reds.

Manuel: Ruiz and Romero ready for Reds

Carlos Ruiz left Sunday´s game after being hit in the elbow by Atlanta´s Tim Hudson. (John Bazemore/AP)
Carlos Ruiz left Sunday's game after being hit in the elbow by Atlanta's Tim Hudson. (John Bazemore/AP)

Charlie Manuel did not announce his postseason roster for the division series with Cincinnati at his news conference Tuesday afternoon, but he did say that both catcher Carlos Ruiz and lefthanded reliever J.C. Romero will be ready for Game 1 against the Reds.

Ruiz was hit in the left elbow by a pitch from Atlanta's Tim Hudson and eventually left the game Sunday at Turner Field and Romero left with back pain caused by irritation in his sciatic nerve.

Ruiz was the Phillies' only .300 hitter this season, finishing the year with a .302 average and Romero is expected to be one of two left-handed relievers in Manuel's bullpen. The Phillies are also likely to keep lefthander Antonio Bastardo on the roster.

Since Manuel would not name his 25-man roster for the Reds, we'll give you an idea of what it is likely to be.

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Position players: Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, Ross Gload, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Brian Schneider, Mike Sweeney, Chase Utley, Wilson Valdez, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.

Pitchers: Antonio Bastardo, Joe Blanton, Jose Contreras, Chad Durbin, Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Roy Oswalt and J.C. Romero.

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