Catcher Carlos Ruiz returns from the disabled list tonight when the 24-12 Phillies open a weekend set with the 21-18 Atlanta Braves. Cole Hamels and Brandon Beachy have the honors.
Ruiz, who was finally placed on the DL on May 8 with a lower back strain, returns to the offensively-challenged 8-hole following a brief rehab in Clearwater. Chooch, unfortunately, has been part of the problem, however, hitting just .226/.310/.371 in the opening month of the season. His last action came Apr. 27. … At 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA, Hamels has worked himself into the early, early Cy Young discussions and has stumbled in only a handful of bad moments all season. Beachy, meanwhile, is looking to improve an already fine 1-1, 2.98 line tonight starting at 7:35.
Lineups are in: Rollins, Victorino, Polanco, Howard, Francisco, Ibanez, Orr, Ruiz.