Ruiz headed for second X-ray; Young begins rehab assignment

Ruiz headed for second X-ray; Young begins rehab assignment
April 21, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Carloz Ruiz, left, and Delmon Young have yet to suit up for the Phillies thus far. (AP)

Catcher Carlos Ruiz will have a second X-ray on his left wrist Monday.

Is this reason for worry?

“No,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Sunday. “It’s just a precaution. We want to make sure he’s OK, make sure there’s nothing small in there.”

Ruiz was hit by a pitch in an extended spring-training game Friday. An X-ray taken that day was negative. Amaro insisted that Ruiz has not experienced any problems that would warrant a second X-ray. He emphasized that he wanted to make sure Ruiz was ready to begin playing in official minor-league games on Tuesday or Wednesday as the countdown to his rejoining the Phillies speeds up.

Ruiz is serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for a banned stimulant. Barring a rainout, he can be activated Sunday in New York.

The Phils will have to trim a catcher to make room for Ruiz. Erik Kratz has minor-league options. Humberto Quintero would have to clear waivers to be sent down.

Young ramps up rehab
Outfielder Delmon Young, recovering from microfracture surgery on his ankle, began a 20-day minor-league rehab assignment on Sunday. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI for the Clearwater Threshers in a loss to Lakeland. He also made an error in right field when he bobbled a ground-ball base hit.

Young is expected to need at least 10 days of regular play and expected to take over in right field next month. The Phils are eager to add Young’s bat, but defense is a concern. Young is not a strong fielder and the surgery has hampered his running.

“Obviously we want his bat, but if he can’t play defense it’s going to be tough to play in the National League,” Amaro said. “He’s got to play adequate defense for us to bring him.”