In Ruiz's absence, the Phillies catchers combined to bat .209 with a .242 on-base percentage and 21 strikeouts in 91 plate appearances. With Ruiz batting .303 over the last three seasons, including a career-best .325 last season, the Phillies badly need his return. In 114 games in 2012, Ruiz hit 16 homers with 68 RBIs and a robust .935 OPS.
Ruiz went 2 for 14 with a homer and a double in four games between Single-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. He closed out his minor-league tuneup with a 1-for-2 showing on Saturday night for Reading.
Meanwhile, to clear space on the roster for Ruiz, the Phillies announced that Humberto Quintero had been designated for assignment. Erik Kratz, who handled the bulk of the catching with Ruiz serving his suspension, will remain with the team as the backup catcher.
Here's how the Phillies line up in Chooch's return:
1.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
2.) Kevin Frandsen, 1b
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Michael Young, 3b
5.) Carlos Ruiz,c
6.) Dom Brown, rf
7.) John Mayberry, cf
8.) Freddy Galvis, lf
9.) Cole Hamels, p
Ben Revere gets a third straight day off to rest his sore quad. Or maybe it's to get John Mayberry in the lineup against Mets' lefty Jonathan Niese. In 29 career plate appearances, Mayberry has nine hits with three homers.
Meanwhile, manager Charlie Manuel is giving lefty slugger Ryan Howard the day off against the lefty pitcher. Kevin Frandsen gets his secondt start of the season at first base and just his seventh appearance at first base in his career.
As long as guys are getting looks at different positions, Manuel decided to put Freddy Galvis in left field for the fourth time this season.
Let's hope everyone brought all their gloves.