May 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Carlos Ruiz took part in his daily pregame routine during batting practice at AT&T Park yesterday. He fielded ground balls at third base alongside Michael Young. But for the second time in the last five games, Ruiz did not start behind the plate when the Phillies took the field later in the night to take on the San Francisco Giants. Erik Kratz started at catcher in place of Ruiz, who is hitting .100 (2-for-20) since returning from his 25-game suspension. Over the weekend, Ruiz said he's still attempting to get into a comfort zone at the plate after his near monthlong absence.
April 9, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Carlos Ruiz had to watch the video to make sure what he saw with his two eyes in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 10-2 rout of Atlanta on Saturday was correct, because it was too hard to believe at first. The Phillies catcher cued up the second pitch Braves reliever Scott Linebrink threw him, a 94-m.p.h. fastball high and inside. Swing and a miss. That put Ruiz, pinch-hitting for the first time this season, in an 0-2 hole. With the bases loaded, Ruiz could not have been expecting a strike from Linebrink.
February 15, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The human side of the Carlos Ruiz story bubbled to the surface Wednesday, and it was a painful experience for all involved. For the first time since the late November news that the Phillies catcher had been suspended for 25 games after violating baseball's substance-abuse policy, Ruiz was required to do more than make a statement about his transgression. When he completed the first official workout of spring training with his teammates, Ruiz sat down for a group interview on a blue picnic table just beyond the left-field wall at Bright House Field.
June 20, 2010 |
A woozy Carlos Ruiz, still feeling the effects of being hit in the head by a broken bat the night before, left Citizens Bank Park an hour before Saturday's game began. The Phillies don't expect Ruiz to need a stint on the disabled list, but the injury is serious enough to keep the catcher sidelined for a few days. That necessitated the recall of catcher Dane Sardinha from triple-A Lehigh Valley. To free space for Sardinha, righthander Scott Mathieson was designated for assignment.
July 8, 2013 |
The mathematics being performed by the Phillies in the coming weeks and months is going to involve only addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The degree of difficulty, however, must seem more on the level of advanced calculus for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his team of decision makers. Perhaps the most complicated problem of them all will be at catcher. What to do about Carlos Ruiz? This dilemma is a reflection of just how fast the game of baseball can change.
August 10, 2010 |
Eleven years ago, former Phillies scout Allan Lewis told Sal Agostinelli that a short, stocky second baseman from Panama could hit and throw a baseball. "I think part of our job is to dream a lot when you sign a guy," said Agostinelli, the Phillies' international scouting supervisor. "I liked this kid because Allan told me he could hit. He didn't think he ran fast enough to play the middle infield, but he thought he could catch because of the way he could throw. " Scouts dream.
July 24, 2012 |
Citizens Bank Park was half empty when the Phillies finally won Sunday, probably because these fans too often have seen games like this one evolve into a horror show. The nightmare fuel is a tie game, an open bullpen door, and extra innings. So there was satisfaction in the Phillies clubhouse after a 4-3, 12-inning victory over San Francisco - no matter how close to irrelevance the team stands. Above the field, where general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his lieutenants sit, the same feeling likely existed for far different reasons.
July 10, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Carlos Ruiz had not yet attempted to catch an R.A. Dickey knuckleball, but the Phillies catcher already knew what he preferred. "Man, he's tough," Ruiz said. "If you're catching, it's OK. But if you hit, that ball is moving so much. " Ruiz tossed with Dickey during batting practice Monday and will enter Tuesday's All-Star Game when Dickey does. That is National League manager Tony La Russa's plan to contain the knuckleball. Dickey was a favorite to start the game.
April 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The easiest catching decision Charlie Manuel must make Sunday morning is writing Carlos Ruiz's name on his lineup card, probably batting fifth. Before that, the Phillies must decide whose roster spot Ruiz takes. There are pros and cons to keeping either Erik Kratz or Humberto Quintero as Ruiz's backup. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said the team had not reached a verdict Saturday. Ruiz played once more at double-A Reading on Saturday night. "Any decision you make like that is difficult," Manuel said.
October 28, 2009 |
Brad Lidge says he has never seen natural instincts in a catcher like those of Carlos Ruiz. His ability to read what opposing hitters will look for, and in turn, call for the correct pitch makes him a great catcher, the Phillies closer says. And more important, none of that has fallen by the wayside as Ruiz is enjoying his finest offensive season. "He's matured a ton," Lidge said. "At this point, he should have a ton of confidence. I know he does. And he should have it because he's really established himself as a guy everyone wants to throw to. " The postseason has been another revelation for the 30-year-old Ruiz, who, just a short time ago, entered the 2008 season splitting time with Chris Coste.