Now those people will have to make a detour to Philadelphia if they want to see Chooch.
Ruiz was activated from the disabled list this afternoon from a grade 2 hamstring strain injury. It seems likely that manager Charlie Manuel will put Ruiz in the starting lineup for the game against the Nationals tonight considering the catcher was expecting to play anyway.
In a season abbreviated by a 25-game suspension for violation of the league’s substance policy and plagued by a hamstring injury, Ruiz has appeared in just 16 games this season. In 56 plate appearances, Ruiz is batting .235 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Catching has been a tough spot for the Phillies this season. With Ruiz out, Erik Kratz has taken the bulk of the catching duties. That was until last week when he tore his left meniscus. Following surgery, the team announced that Kratz should miss 6-to-8 weeks.
Without Ruiz or Kratz, Manuel has used veteran big leaguer Humberto Quintero.
In 18 games this season, Quintero is batting .245 with three doubles and a homer in 52 plate appearances, numbers that are slightly better than Ruiz's though one has to suspect Quintero has been playing at full strength.
Ruiz, along with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, likely won't play at 100-percent health for the rest of the season. Howard, according to Manuel, is playing with arthritis in his knee. Though Howard went 3 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs last night, the Phils' cleanup hitter came out of the game for a pinch runner late in the game because his knee was bothering him.
At the very least, pitcher Cliff Lee appears to be 100 percent. He'll be on the mound when the Phillies face the Nats tonight.