Ruiz back in lineup, plus some Grapefruit numbers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Welcome to Disney World, where the fog has cleared and it's looking like a picturesque day. The Phillies are making their second and final trip here to face the Braves at 1 p.m. (ESPN).

Catcher Carlos Ruiz is back in the lineup after missing two games with the flu. J.A. Happ takes the mound for his third Grapefruit League start. He has yet to allow a run in 6 1/3 innings.

Ruiz needs at-bats, manager Charlie Manuel said earlier in the week. This spring, Ruiz is 4-for-17 at the plate. He has the least amount of at-bats among all the regular position players.

Through 18 Grapefruit League games, here are some numbers that pop out. (Disclaimer: It's spring training.)

-- Raul Ibanez is hitting .114 (4-for-35) with three extra-base hits

-- Jimmy Rollins has a .340 OBP and seven extra-base hits

-- Ryan Howard is batting .356 (16-for-45) with 27 total bases

-- Six of Greg Dobbs' 10 hits are for extra bases

-- Danys Baez (8 inn.), Chad Durbin (7 1/3), J.A. Happ (6 1/3) and David Herndon (8) have not allowed runs yet this spring.

-- The Phillies lead all National League teams in ERA (3.38) and fewest hits allowed (150)


In today's Inquirer, we break down Jose Contreras' move to the bullpen and why he thinks seven games last season will go a long way.

And within today's notebook, Ruben Amaro Jr. discusses the pitching staff -- and says it's not set in stone yet.


1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Raul Ibanez 7
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Greg Dobbs 9
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Juan Castro 4
9. J.A. Happ 1

Following Happ on the mound will be David Herndon, Danys Baez and Ryan Madson