MILWAUKEE — Carlos Ruiz's career season was interrupted by a partial tear in his left foot, but there are signs he will return before 2012 is over.
Doctors have cleared Ruiz to no longer walk with the assistance of a boot starting Monday. He will then begin weight-bearing exercises.
"We expect him to play again this season," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.
When Ruiz was placed on the disabled list Aug. 4, the Phillies estimated a four- to six-week recovery time. Proefrock could not say if that has changed. Should Ruiz miss the maximum time estimated, it would leave only two weeks of games remaining in the season. Still, the Phillies intend on him playing.