The Philadelphia Phillies will be without Carlos Ruiz as they take on the Miami Marlins in Miami today. Ruiz left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds with a strained hamstring. He did not travel with the team to Miami after the afternoon contest in Philadelphia.
Instead, Ruiz will stay back in Philly to get an MRI on his hamstring says Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com. Pianovich says that regardless of the results of the MRI, Ruiz plans to rejoin the team on Tuesday. He is not sure if the injury is significant enough to land him on the DL, but it certainly surprised him.
"It surprised me, it happened [so quickly]," Ruiz said of the injury. "It was that last thing I thought was going to happen, because before I felt great."
Ruiz has had a rough start to the season. In 15 games, he is hitting just .240/.291/.280. He is a career .274/.362/.415 hitter, so this season's numbers represent a significant drop-off. Of course, 15 games is far from a representative sample of what Ruiz's season will ultimately be like, but it may be cause for some initial concern.
The Phillies have been playing decently so far this season, but they will need all their players healthy and playing up to their potential if they are going to make a run at the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Philadelphia enters play today 21-23, 4.5 games behind the Braves for first place in the National League East.
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