The Philadelphia Phillies have already played a stretch of the season without their starting catcher and it looks as though he’ll miss some more time, as Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list prior to the team’s game Monday. Ruiz is suffering from a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring and will likely miss three to four weeks, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki.
Ruiz has appeared in just 16 games for the Phillies this year, batting .235/.286/.275 with just two extra base hits (both doubles) in 56 PA. He missed the first 25 games of the season while serving a suspension for using a banned stimulant and has struggled at the plate since his return. Rounding the bases during Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, Ruiz would pull up lame coming into third base from first in the 2nd inning. He’d come out of the game and the team conducted an MRI Monday morning which revealed the extent of the injury.
Humberto Quintero (.250/.286/.350, 21 PA) will replace Ruiz on the active roster and will likely serve as the backup behind Erik Kratz (.205/.247/.337, 89 PA). Phillies catchers have combined for just a .582 OPS on the year, ranking them 27th out of 30 teams across Major League Baseball.