Phillies Notes: Ruiz hit in throat by pitch but stays in game

Ben Revere grimaces in pain after fouling a ball off his right foot in the 11th inning. X-rays later showed that Revere's foot was broken. The Phillies said that Revere will see a specialist on Monday. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Ben Revere grimaces in pain after fouling a ball off his right foot in the 11th inning. X-rays later showed that Revere's foot was broken. The Phillies said that Revere will see a specialist on Monday. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Posted: July 15, 2013

In the first game, catcher Carlos Ruiz was hit in the throat with a bouncing pitch from Justin De Fratus in the seventh inning. He remained down momentarily but stayed in the game.

Afterward, manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz was "OK."

Humberto Quintero started the second game at catcher, but Manuel said that was a move he had planned to make anyway.

Luxury tax

Assistant general manager Benny Looper confirmed a Baseball America report that the Phillies have gone over their draft pick bonus pool and will have to pay a luxury tax. The Phillies had approximately $6 million to spend on their top 10 draft picks.

Any team that exceeds its pool by up to 5 percent must pay a 75 percent tax on the overage. The penalty for an an overage from 5 percent to less than 10 percent is the 75 percent tax and loss of a 2014 first-round draft pick.

Looper said the Phillies were in the 5-percent-or-less range, so they won't lose a draft pick.

He said that the Phillies went over the tax limit by signing 11th-round pick Denton Keys, a Colorado high school lefthander, for more than the allotted $100,000.

A player drafted after the 10th round is assigned a slot value of $100,000. Any amount given to a player drafted after the 10th round in excess of $100,000 counts against the bonus pool.

Baseball America said that Keys was paid a $350,000 bonus.

Looper wouldn't confirm the price but said that the signing put the Phillies in the tax territory.

"He was a key player for us, and if we didn't sign him we wouldn't have gone over," Looper said. "It didn't' cost that much tax money, and we thought it was worth it."

In another draft note, Looper said the Phillies negotiated until the last minute with fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler of Oregon State, who opted to return to college by Friday's deadline.

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