PITTSBURGH -- Like you thought the injury updates were over.
The Phillies have seven players on the disabled list, the most notable being Chase Utley and Placido Polanco of course.
But starting catcher Carlos Ruiz is also sidelined with a concussion and further tests done Thursday showed he still has some symptoms. Ruiz is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday and that will not happen. He was expected to begin a rehab assignment this weekend but that also is tabled.
Ruiz met with one of the preminent concussion specialists, Michael Collins, who just so happens to practice in Pittsburgh. Collins was one of the founders of the Impact test, the baseline testing used in every sport to assess concussion symptoms. Collins did not like results he saw in Ruiz's test.
"He's progressing very well but there are some things that are still concerning on his test," Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said. "So while we're here, we're going to do some things with him. We'll do some exercises and things to challenge Chooch."
Sheridan said the team will play it cautious with Ruiz, who had one previous concussion while in the minors.
"Our goal here is to put him back when he's ready," Sheridan said. "Worst-case scenario is you take a player that has a concussion and comes back too early. It's not like he's a position player. You know it just as well as I do, the first day he goes behind the plate, the first pitch is going to be a foul ball right off the mask."
In other injury-related news...
Chad Durbin (strained right hamstring) is rehabbing in Florida. Sheridan said Durbin was running at 70 percent. He will begin throwing bullpens and rehab games in the next week. Durbin could return before the All-Star break, but he'll likely come back after the break in Chicago.
Righthander Ryan Madson (broken right toe) will pitch for double-A Reading in his third rehab outing Friday. Madson will throw 30 pitches to extend his arm. He could be activated before the All-Star break. "If all moves right," Sheridan said, "yes, we’d like that to happen."
Lefthander Antonio Bastardo (left elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen session Saturday in Pittsburgh. Beyond that, the Phillies have no long-term plans for Bastardo's progression.
And J.A. Happ threw a bullpen session Thursday in Pittsburgh without pain. He will pitch for triple-A Lehigh Valley in Pawtucket on Sunday, his sixth rehab start. "He’s not reporting any problems," Sheridan said. "It’s a matter of him feeling comfortable on the mound with his pitch ability as opposed to other things."
Phew. That's it.