Carlos Ruiz headed to Clearwater to ramp up rehab

Carlos Ruiz headed to Clearwater to ramp up rehab
July 12, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Carlos Ruiz, who is hitting .257 this season, will head to Clearwater on Sunday to ramp up his rehab from a concussion suffered June 26. (USA Today Images)

Carlos Ruiz was back in the Phillies' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park Saturday and feels good in his recovery from a concussion.

Ruiz will head to Clearwater on Sunday to ramp up the process with a few days of batting practice and work blocking balls.

He will likely begin his rehab assignment next Friday. The catcher said he would pinch-hit and DH first before getting behind the plate in a game.

Ruiz has been out since June 26 with a concussion. He was hitless in his final 19 at-bats before going on the disabled list.

In 66 games this season, Ruiz has hit .257 with a .363 on-base percentage and 15 doubles. 

With Ruiz and backup catcher Wil Nieves (hamstring) out, the Phillies have used Cameron Rupp and Koyie Hill. Rupp has been the primary backstop, hitting .200 with four doubles and four RBIs. He's struck out 11 times without walking.

Brown scratched
Domonic Brown was removed from the Phillies' lineup around 4 p.m. with an illness (see tonight's lineup). It was unclear whether he'd be available to pinch-hit. 

Ryne Sandberg adjusted his lineup by moving Grady Sizemore to left field and starting Ben Revere in center field. Revere, who has hit .387 over his last 15 games, will bat eighth.

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