Ruiz making slow progress in recovery from concussion

Carlos Ruiz slumps on the ground after being hit by a pitch in the 11th inning against the Marlins on June 26. (Charles Photographer/Staff Photographer)

PITTSBURGH -- Carlos Ruiz continues to make a slow recovery from a concussion suffered on June 26, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg says there has been some improvement.

“Chooch is coming along slowly, maybe about 30 percent better on tests, some light tests,” Sandberg said before Friday’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Sandberg said Ruiz will continue to be evaluated and tested again on Monday.

“He has been showing improvement the last couple of days,” Sandberg said.

Phillies backup catcher Wil Nieves, recovering from a strained right quadriceps,  played in his third rehab game on Friday for Gulf Coast League Phillies. Nieves went 0 for 3 as a DH and is now 2 for 10 in three games.

“Will has a playing schedule from now through the 7th or 8th of (getting) at-bats,” Sandberg said. “He is still hampered on running at full strength but he has caught some innings and DH’ed.”

Nieves has caught one game and been a DH in the other two.