Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a strained right hamstring. Chooch has been making progress since hitting the shelf, and the backstop is hoping to beigin a rehab assignment next week with the Phillies' Double- or Triple-A squad, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
If all continues to go well and Ruiz is able to begin his stint in the minors next week, he's hoping to rejoin the Phillies' lineup by the beginning of the team's next homestand, which starts on June 17.
"So far, it's real good," Ruiz said.
"Yesterday, I was running and I was real happy because I don't feel
anything. Today was the first day that I could swing in the cage and off the
tee with soft toss and taking [batting practice]. It was almost full and
regular BP. It feels good. I feel real close."
Ruiz exited his last appearance for the Phillies early after suffering the hamstring injury. It was later diagnosed as a Grade 2 strain, which was initially expected to sideline him for at least three weeks. If he makes it back on or shortly after June 17, he'll have returned right around that timeframe.
Prior to hitting the DL, Ruiz was batting .235/.286/.275 with two doubles over 56 plate appearances. He missed the start of the regular season while serving his ban for the use of a performance-enhancing substance.
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