DENVER– All signs point to the fact that Carlos Ruiz could be making a trip to the disabled list after straining his right oblique, while catching a popup during the third inning of today’s loss to Colorado.
Although Ruiz himself was unavailable for comment because he was in the trainer’s room, some of the events of tonight seem to point to Ruiz heading to the DL. Let’s take a closer look:
3rd inning: Ruiz catches a popup in foul territory off the bat of Chris Ianetta. This is reportedly when the oblique was strained.
6th inning: Chris Coste replaces Ruiz behind the dish in the bottom of the sixth, contrary to the reports announced in the press box and over the PA system that he was a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh.
6:50 PM EST: Lou Marson, the Phillies catching prospect is pulled from the lineup of the Iron Pigs’ 7:00 game .
Post-game comments: Charlie Manuel to Todd Zolecki on the injury: “It’s hard for you to breathe. It’ll keep tearing if you keep playing.”
Manuel to David Murphy on Ruiz’s status: “We’ll just let him sleep tonight and tomorrow sometime, probably before I come to the ballpark, I’ll call and see how he is and we’ll kind of go from there.”
Manuel to Murphy on Ruiz’s injury: “If it’s a strained rib cage [Manuel prefers to call a strained oblique a strained rib cage], you’re talking at least a week to maybe two weeks,” Manuel said. “I’m not a doctor, but if that is what it is, that’s what usually happens in that type of injury. But we’ll see.”
8:59 PM EST: Scott Lauber reports that Marson is en route to Colorado as a precautionary measure. Ruiz’s status will likely not be determined until the morning.