MILWAUKEE – Even with catcher Erik Kratz going on the disabled list Sunday, the Phillies won’t be tempted to expedite Carlos Ruiz’s return from a strained right hamstring.
“We’re not speeding him up,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “Hopefully he’ll be ready in a week to 10 days, but we’re not speeding him up.”
Ruiz suffered a Grade 2 strain on May 19. That injury generally requires about a month to heal. To rush Ruiz would be to risk a recurrence of the injury.
Kratz hurt his left knee running out a ball in the ninth inning of Saturday night’s game. It is believed he suffered an injury to the meniscus in the knee, but there won’t be an official diagnosis until he is examined in Philadelphia on Monday.
With Ruiz and Kratz both out, the Phillies are plugging the catching position with Humberto Quintero and Steven Lerud, their third and fourth stringers. Lerud joined the Phils from Triple A on Sunday.
Ruiz did running drills in the outfield before Sunday’s game and will continue to test his hamstring this week in Minnesota.
“He’ll be ready for [minor-league] rehab games very soon,” Amaro said.
Chase Utley, on the DL with a right oblique strain, is also progressing well. He began taking swings off a tee on Sunday and went through a vigorous ground-ball workout on the field.
June 18, give or take, is a loose target for Ruiz and Utley to return. Both will first play in rehab games.
“Three or four rehab games for both guys,” Amaro said. “Hopefully we can get that going soon.”