The Phillies recalled catcher Carlos Ruiz after last night's game, and optioned lefthander Matt Smith back to the minors. That, and some other stuff, too.
Ruiz may not have done much during his earlier call-up, but the 27-year-old catcher has flat out been Scranton’s best player this season. Chooch was hitting .308 with a robust .505 SLG, 16 homers and a .389 OBP, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio was totally fine (56/44). Plus, he's considered a plus fielder with a good arm.
This should be the last Ruiz ever sees of the minor leagues, either here, or with some other organization where he has a chance to play. There’s absolutely nothing left for him in the minor leagues, unless he falls on his face in the majors.
Next season, I’d like to see the Phils keep him in a backup capacity and catch our pitchers from the very beginning. I have a suspicion that Lidle, Lieber and the rest had a hand in shipping him back to Scranton so soon. However, the biggest offender is the Phillies’ front office for signing a broken down catcher in Sal Fasano, who can’t play ... who could never play.
Brito back in bullpen
Beerleaguer senior correspondent has passed along word that Eude Brito is no longer starting and has been moved back to the bullpen. We both agree this is the right decision for the short and long-term. If Brito has any future with the club, it will be in this role, not starter. We could soon see him in this capacity when rosters expand.
Orioles get infielder for Conine
The Phillies and Orioles named infielder Angel Chavez as the player to be named in the Jeff Conine trade. Chavez is a 25-year-old infielder who split time at Reading and Scranton this season. He was claimed off waivers from San Francisco before the season. This is not a big loss for the Phillies, who have plenty of infielders just like him in their system.