Ruiz out with sore left ankle

Carlos Ruiz will miss tonight's game with a sore left ankle. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

NEW YORK -- Charlie Manuel pinch hit for catcher Carlos Ruiz in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game and that was the first sign. Ruiz is hurting. He's in an 0 for 22 slump and has a sore left ankle, injured in the ninth inning of Sunday's loss to Boston.

On Wednesday, Ruiz will sit as Brian Schneider starts at catcher.

Manuel said Ruiz's ankle is even sorer than it was Tuesday. The injury occurred when Ruiz couldn't handle a J.C. Romero pitch that went to the backstop. Ruiz ran to fetch it, but slid awkwardly into the backstop. Manuel and trainers came to see Ruiz, who stayed in the game.

Ruiz was in obvious pain when running during Tuesday's game.

He also is mired in a terrible slump at the plate. Manuel said Ruiz's swing is long right now. Ruiz's batting average is down to .267. On May 12, Ruiz was hitting .354. Since then, he is batting .156 (10 for 64). He's also dealt with three injuries during that span -- first a right knee sprain, then a sore right shoulder and now the ankle. 

Ruiz believes he is close to turning it around at the plate.

"It's something I'm working on right now," Ruiz said. "I think I can come back tomorrow and have the same approach I had earlier in the season. I feel like I'm seeing the ball real good. But it's something mechanic and I'm working on it."


Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said shortstop Jimmy Rollins will play seven innings Wednesday night for single-A Clearwater. If all goes well, Rollins could play nine innings Thursday instead of taking a day off and playing Friday.