Saturday, August 4, 2012

Carlos Ruiz sidelined with plantar fasciitis

PBR - The storybook season for Carlos Ruiz has hit a snag.
Carlos Ruiz - Phillies catcher
Ruiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday after an MRI revealed a partial tear in his left foot. He's expected to miss four to six weeks and will be reevaluated later this month.

"I feel real sad, because I was thinking it would maybe be day by day, you know? But there's nothing I can do except rest and then make sure when I come back I'm ready to help the team," Ruiz said.

Ruiz, an All-Star this season, is hitting .335 and collected career highs in home runs (14) and RBIs (58). Infielder Hector Luna was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Ruiz's roster spot.

Ruiz initially felt pain when the Phillies were playing the Dodgers in L.A. last month, but the pain became increasingly worse over the last week.

"That's baseball," Ruiz said. "I was real sad when I called my family, because I never expected to be out this long. But it happened, so I'll have to keep working," he said. "I don't know how long it's going to be. I hope less than a month."

Erik Kratz and Brian Schneider will assume the catching duties in Ruiz's absence.

- Patrick Gordon  is the editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review. Contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com or @Philabaseball on Twitter.

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