Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard to have MRIs on Monday

Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard to have MRIs on Monday

May 19, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Carlos Ruiz strained his hamstring in the Phillies' win on Sunday, while Ryan Howard sat out because of a sore left knee. (AP)

As his teammates packed up their gear and got ready to head to the airport for the eight-game trip that begins in Miami on Monday night, Carlos Ruiz limped across the clubhouse in his workout gear.

Instead of heading to Miami on Monday, Ruiz will stay in Philadelphia to have an MRI on his hamstring he strained during the second inning of Sunday’s 3-2 walk-off win over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park.

Minor league catcher, Humberto Quintero, will join the team in Miami just in case Ruiz has to go on the disabled list.

“It’s still sore,” Ruiz said. “I don’t know [if I need to go on the disabled list]. We’ll see tomorrow. It’s still sore.”

Ruiz suffered the injury when he was running from first to third on a two-out single by Freddy Galvis during the second inning.

Ruiz remained in the game until the side was retired and then was removed for Erik Kratz.

As it turned out, Kratz and Galvis were the big heroes of Sunday’s victory (see Instant Replay).

Ruiz has appeared in 16 games this season, batting .235 with two extra-base hits and a pair of RBIs. He missed the first 25 games of the season while serving a suspension for a violation of the league’s policy on banned stimulants.

In eight games headed into Sunday’s action, Quintero was 7 for 24 with a double and two homers at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Meanwhile, manager Charlie Manuel revealed that Ryan Howard has soreness in his left knee. Like Ruiz, Howard did not travel with the team to Miami. He will have an MRI in Philadelphia on Monday morning and will fly to Miami later in the afternoon to rejoin the team.
 
“Ryan’s knee, he has it, it comes and goes, and he has a sore knee right now,” Manuel said. “He’s had it off and on since spring training. He has it every now and then.”
 
Manuel said Howard would have been available to pinch hit against the Reds on Sunday, but the manager added that he would have been “leery” about using Howard “because his knee is bothering him.” When asked whether Howard will start at first base against the Marlins in Miami on Monday, Manuel said, “I don’t think so. I’ll be surprised, really, if he does.”
 
“We’ll see,” Howard said. “We’ll see how it is. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing I guess … [Saturday] was when it kind of kicked in a little bit more than normal. It’s been kind of acting up a little bit since spring training. I’ve been able to kind of tough my way through it.”
 
Howard said the discomfort in his knee makes it “tough to push off” when he’s in the batter’s box.  

Additionally, the Phillies will have to make a roster move on Tuesday in order for pitcher Tyler Cloyd to be placed on the 25-man roster to make a start in Miami on Tuesday night.

The likely move appears to be a disabled-list stint for relief pitcher Mike Adams, who hasn’t appeared in a game since May 10 because of a mild back strain.

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