X-rays negative on Ruiz's hand

Phillies' catcher Carlos Ruiz throws the baseball during spring training in Clearwater, FL on Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies had a late start Friday morning after a late night Thursday that included a 2 1/2-hour bus ride home from their game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.

They at least arrived at Bright House Field to good news.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz, after being hit in the left hand by a pitch from Boston's Anthony Carter in the ninth inning, underwent an X-ray examination that was negative.

"It's all right," Ruiz said before the Phillies hit inside in the cages. "The X-ray was cool."

Ruiz, of course, will not open the season with the Phillies any way because he is serving a 25-game suspension for a failed drug test. He can, however, continue to work on his baseball skills while participating in the Phillies' extended spring-training program. He will be eligible to return Sunday April 28 against the Mets in New York.

The all-star catcher will be able to prepare in minor-league games starting April 23.

The lineup

The Phillies' lineup today vs. Atlanta lefty Paul Maholm: Jermaine Mitchell, CF, Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, Chase Utley,.2B, Ryan Howard, 1B, Dom Brown, RF, Darin Ruf, LF, Laynce Nix, DH, Erik Kratz, C, Freddy Galvis, 3B.

Minor-leaguer Adam Morgan returns to pitch against the Braves.

Atlanta's lineup: Jordan Schafer, RF, Ramiro Pena, SS, B.J. Upton, CF, Freddie Freeman, 1B, Dan Uggla, 2B, Chris Johnson, 3B, Evan Gattis, C, Jose Constanza, LF, Paul Maholm, P.

Looking ahead

The Phillies will travel to Sarasota Saturday for a game against the Baltimore Orioles, but the bigger event will take place here in Clearwater where Roy Halladay is scheduled to pitch at 11 a.m. against a group of Phillies minor-leaguers. Aaron Cook will start the game against the Orioles.