A day after collision, Cameron Rupp's ankle is sore

20160515-Rupp-collision
Catcher Cameron Rupp holds on to the baseball after a crushing hit by the Reds' Eugenio Suarez at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning in Saturday night's game, securing the win for the Phillies.

Once Cameron Rupp hobbled back to the Phillies clubhouse Saturday night after his incredible collision at home plate that will be replayed and replayed, the catcher found concerned teammates. His friends and family texted to see if he was OK.

They all asked the same first question: "How's your head?"

"My head?" Rupp said. "My head's fine. Did you see what my leg did?"

Rupp's left leg crumbled under the weight of Eugenio Suarez crashing into him at the end of the 4-3 win over the Reds. His left ankle took the brunt of it. It was wrapped Sunday morning, and a doctor examined Rupp.

He was not in the lineup Sunday, although Carlos Ruiz was slated to play regardless. The injury is enough to warrant another doctor's evaluation on Monday, and if it will sideline Rupp for more than two days, the Phillies may have to add a third catcher.

Rupp was not too concerned about the ankle. The more he walks on it, he said, the better it feels.

"Sore. Stiff. It's not dire," Rupp said. "I can bear the pain. There isn't a guy in that clubhouse who doesn't have something hurting."

Rupp, a former linebacker in high school, was tested for a concussion twice - after the game Saturday night and again on Sunday morning. He passed.

Rupp said once people's concern dissipated, "everyone was fired up." The funniest messages, he said, came from teammate Cody Asche, who is on the disabled list and is a close friend.

"Cody always seems to have a joke," Rupp said. "Cody just being Cody. We'll leave it at that."

Herrera walks

Odubel Herrera drew his 29th walk in his 164th plate appearance this season. That eclipsed his total from all of last season (537 plate appearances). Herrera entered the day fifth in the National League in walks behind Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Belt, and Ben Zobrist.

His 12.4 percent increase in walk rate would be the highest single-season increase since 1900. Herrera has reached base safely in 34 of his last 35 games.

Extra bases

The Phillies left 16 men on base, their most in a nine-inning game since June 13, 2013, at Minnesota. It was the most runners stranded in a home game since Aug. 22, 1995. . . . Miami will start two lefthanders - Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen - on Monday and Tuesday against the Phillies. That will provide some playing time for Tommy Joseph.