Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quintero designated for assignment to make room for Ruiz

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
@Philabaseball

The Phillies designated Humberto Quintero for assignment on Sunday, opening a roster spot for Carlos Ruiz.

Quintero, 33, hit .250 in seven games with the Phillies this season.

Ruiz will be in the starting lineup when the Phillies face the Mets in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday at Citi Field. The 27-year-old has completed his 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall, a banned stimulant related to attention deficit-hyper disorder.

Quintero will go through waivers and if he clears he will be assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The move also means Erik Kratz will remain on the Phillies' roster as a backup catcher. Kratz has hit just .191 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 21 games this season. 

Entering Saturday, the catching tandem of Kratz and Quintero was among the least productive in the majors. Combined, the two ranked 26th in average (.214), 29th in on base percentage (.247), and 28th in weighted runs created (55).

"Our pitchers got used to throwing to [Ruiz] over the past two or three years," manager Charlie Manuel said.  "He's improved his catching and he's become an offensive threat for us. The last two years, he's really been able to get some big hits for us and hit in the clutch. We're going to get better when he's back."

Ruiz hit .325 last season with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs.

- Patrick Gordon is the Managing Editor of the Philadelphia Baseball Review.  Follow him on Twitter @Philabaseball or contact him at pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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