Phillies place catcher Carlos Ruiz on 15-day DL
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia Phillies have placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
An MRI revealed that Ruiz has a partial tear in the foot, causing him to miss four to six weeks, eventually ending his outstanding season. Ruiz will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
The Phillies recalled Hector Luna to take Ruiz’s spot on the roster. Brian Schneider and Erik Kratz will handle the team’s catching duties into September.
Ruiz stepped up in the absence of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley early in the season. He was hitting .335 with 28 doubles, 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, a .399 on-base percentage, a .559 slugging percentage and a .959 OPS.
He already set career-highs in home runs and RBIs and he is ranked fourth in the National League in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage and sixth in OPS.
Unfortunately for Ruiz, he will not finish the season with enough plate appearances to qualify among the league leaders in those categories.
This marks Ruiz’s second DL stint this season. He was sidelined in June for an oblique strain.