Ruiz out of Friday's lineup

Carlos Ruiz will not be in the Phillies' lineup tonight against the Brewers. (AP Photo / Paul Connors)

UPDATE (7:08 p.m.): Ruiz is available in an emergency situation tonight. His injured knee is feeling better and he said he hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins will officially begin his rehab assignment Saturday when he plays in a Florida State League game for single-A Clearwater. Expect Rollins to be back at Citizens Bank Park sometime next week.

Rollins' replacement, Juan Castro, is healthy and available tonight. But Charlie Manuel is still starting Wilson Valdez in his place.

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EARLIER: MILWAUKEE -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz is absent from the Phillies' lineup as they open a three-game set with the Brewers on Friday night.

Ruiz, who has a capsular strain in his right knee, isn't believed to be seriously injured. The Phillies had no plans Wednesday when Ruiz was injured against the Rockies to fly out an extra catcher in case of emergency. Ruiz was considered day-to-day then.

Paul Hoover gets the start behind the plate Friday. If Ruiz isn't available in even an emergency scenario should Hoover go down, rightfielder Jayson Werth figures to be the backup catcher. (I'm sure his agent is loving that.)

In other injury news, shortstop Juan Castro is still out of the lineup with a left knee strain. Earlier in the week, he said he was targeting Friday as a return date. Apparently that will be pushed back. Wilson Valdez is at shortstop again.

We'll have an update later after going into the clubhouse...


Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. for the Phillies series against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 25-27, which was relocated by Major League Baseball to Citizens Bank Park earlier this week. 

All fans can purchase tickets online at, by phone at 215-463-1000 or in person at the First Base Gate Ticket Windows at Citizens Bank Park.  Season ticket holders were provided an opportunity to purchase tickets for this series prior to the public sale. 

The series game times are as follows: the Friday, June 25 game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.; the Saturday, June 26 game is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.; and the Sunday, June 27 game is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

The series will be official home games for the Blue Jays, who will bat last, and the designated hitter will be used.