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Carlos Ruiz | Catcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/22/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 206
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Carlos Ruiz "is available just as every Phillies player is."
There are certainly drawbacks with Ruiz. He'll turn 36 in January, has faded offensively the last two seasons and has spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six campaigns. He's also recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and is owed $17.5 million over the next two seasons. However, Ruiz would still be an upgrade behind the plate for many clubs, so in a market thin at catcher he could have appeal. Nov 19 - 10:04 AM

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Carlos Ruiz underwent left shoulder surgery this week.

Ruiz recently said that he has been playing through left shoulder soreness all season, so he finally got the issue addressed. The good news is that he is expected to be ready for spring training. The 35-year-old batted .252/.347/.370 with six home runs and 31 RBI over 110 games this season. He's owed $8.5 million in each of the next two season and his contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2017 or a $500,000 buyout.
Oct 1 - 12:05 PM

Carlos Ruiz revealed Thursday that he's been playing with a sore left shoulder all season.

Ruiz tweaked something while working out during spring training and he said the pain in his shoulder has gotten progressively worse as the season as gone along. "It’s better after I have a little rest," said Ruiz, who didn't start Thursday for the third time in the last six games. Ruiz will have the shoulder examined after the season to see if he needs to have surgery.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 19 - 11:43 AM

Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a solo home run in Tuesday's victory against the Braves.

Ruiz broke a scoreless tie to lead off the top of the fifth inning, lifting a solo home run off of Mike Minor. He added an RBI double in the eighth inning to pad the Phillies' lead to 3-0. Though the power hasn't been there often, Ruiz has otherwise had a nice season, slashing .264/.362/.385 with five home runs and 25 RBI.
Sep 2 - 10:18 PM

Carlos Ruiz is not in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday.

It's just a routine day off after he had to catch 15 innings Tuesday. Wil Nieves is catching David Buchanan in Ruiz's place.
Aug 6 - 2:40 PM

Carlos Ruiz went 4-for-4 and doubled in the Phillies' lone run in Friday's loss to the Mets.

The Phillies had both Ruiz and Marlon Byrd finish with four hits, yet they lost 7-1. They were the first team since 2011 to have 13 hits in a nine-inning game and score just one run in the process.
Jul 28 - 10:25 PM

Phillies activated C Carlos Ruiz from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Ruiz wasn't supposed to be back until Friday, but the Phils decided to make the move a couple days early. The veteran backstop was been out since late June with post-concussion symptoms, but he got through five rehab games with no issues and is ready to go.
Jul 23 - 2:16 PM

Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

The thought had been that Ruiz would return early this week, but apparently the Phillies want to keep the catcher on his rehab assignment a bit longer. Ruiz went 1-for-4 at the plate while catching seven innings Saturday in his third rehab game for High-A Clearwater.
Jul 20 - 10:34 AM

Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Thursday.

He'll play with Clearwater through the weekend before rejoining the Phillies early next week if all goes well. Ruiz has been out since late June with concussion issues, but he's been symptom-free for a while now and is ready to tests things out in game action.
Jul 16 - 11:48 AM

Carlos Ruiz (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities after his second positive IMPACT test in three days.

Ruiz hasn't played since he was hit in the helmet by a pitch on June 26. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro had previously said Ruiz will start baseball activities this weekend if Wednesday's test went well. If things continue to progress, the catcher will likely be ready to go shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 9 - 8:31 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Monday that Carlos Ruiz (concussion) could return in mid-July.

Ruiz had another IMPACT test Monday, and Amaro said the test "went very good. Much improved from his last test. The plan is for him to do some more exertion exercises and then another test probably on Wednesday, and if he’s cleared to go at about 100 percent then we’ll start with baseball activities sometime this weekend." Amaro added that Ruiz would need to get in some rehab at-bats before returning.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 7 - 9:47 PM

Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will not return before the All-Star break.

Results of Ruiz's IMPACT test Monday aren't yet known, but it appears that he hasn't been cleared to resume baseball activities. The Phillies' backstop has been experiencing concussion symptoms since taking a pitch to the helmet back on June 26.
Jul 7 - 7:23 PM

While Carlos Ruiz (concussion) has experienced improvement, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that the catcher is "still a ways off."

Ruiz will take another IMPACT test on Monday, at which point the club will have a better idea how close he is. However, it doesn't sound like he'll be returning prior to the All-Star break.
Jul 6 - 9:37 AM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Friday that Carlos Ruiz has experienced improvement with his concussion symptoms.

Chooch will take another IMPACT test on Monday to see if he's ready to resume baseball activities. He'll be activated quickly once the symptoms subside, but until that happens there's no timetable for his return.
Jul 4 - 2:26 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday that Carlos Ruiz's concussion "is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought, unfortunately."

"He's had concussion issues in the past, so we have to be careful with him," the GM added. Ruiz was placed on the disabled list following a concussion suffered last Thursday, and he's yet to make any progress. The catcher has been administered IMPACT tests but hasn't passed them. "He's failing those tests," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He still gets the dizziness and the eye sensation to brightness." There's no timetable for Ruiz's return.
Jul 1 - 7:55 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
4Rene Garcia
5Koyie Hill
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
3Russ Canzler
2B1Chase Utley
2Freddy Galvis
3Cord Phelps
4Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
4Chris Nelson
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
3Xavier Paul
CF1Ben Revere
2Darin Mastroianni
3Brian Bogusevic
RF1Marlon Byrd
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Cliff Lee
3David Buchanan
4Jerome Williams
5Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Jake Diekman
3Ken Giles
4Mario Hollands
5Justin De Fratus
6Cesar Jimenez
7Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
8Luis Garcia
9Elvis Araujo
10Nefi Ogando
11Paul Clemens