Wednesday, June 19, 2013

PHILLIES NOTES: Ruiz rejoins club

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies decided two minor-league rehabilitation games were enough for Carlos Ruiz to get back behind the plate in the big leagues.

However, the fact that the team’s leading hitter in 2012 was hitting eighth in the order tells you that Charlie Manuel doesn’t think the veteran’s bat is quite ready, even if his hamstring has healed.

“That was my thinking — put him down there (in the No. 8 hole) and let him get some at-bats,” Manuel said in a rain-soaked home dugout at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night. “On nights we have a good (offensive) night he’ll get four at-bats. On nights we aren’t getting runs, he’ll get three, probably. We’ll see where he’s at.”

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