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Phillies lose star catcher to injury for month-plus

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies placed All-Star C Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

An MRI exam revealed Ruiz has a partial tear. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. INF Hector Luna was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before Saturday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Ruiz, 33, was hitting .335 with 14 homers, 58 RBIs and a .559 slugging percentage. All were career bests for the seven-year veteran. He also had a .399 on-base percentage, one off his career high.

"I was real sad (Friday) when I called my family because I never expected to be out this long," Ruiz told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It happens, so it could be worse."

Ruiz, who will be reevaluated in two weeks, became the 16th player who has appeared in a game for the Phillies to go on the disabled list.

"We've had a tough year," manager Charlie Manuel told the Inquirer.

Ruiz said he started feeling pain when the Phillies played the Dodgers in Los Angeles during a series from July 16-18.

"I tried to stay in the lineup because I wanted to play," he told the Inquirer. "I feel like it was worse every day."

Ruiz said he was feeling better by the end of the month, but that changed when the Phillies traveled to Washington for a three-game series with the Nationals that began Tuesday.

"When we got to D.C., it got me real good, and I said it has to be something because no way you can feel okay one day and then the next feel pretty bad," he said.

In other Phillies news, Manuel told MLB.com that he hasn't ruled out shutting down RHP Roy Halladay later this season if the team falls out of contention. Halladay, 35, spent two months on the DL this season with a shoulder strain.

BAKER DEFENDS CLOSER: Reds manager Dusty Baker insisted LHP Aroldis Chapman wasn't throwing at Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen when he hit the MVP candidate in the arm with a 101-mph fastball in the ninth inning Friday. "It wasn't intentional, they were pitching him inside," Baker said. "He hadn't done anything to us to merit us hitting him intentionally except play. He just plays hard."

ATHLETICS: Rookie RHP A.J. Griffin left his start in the second inning with right shoulder tightness. … OF Yoenis Cespedes was out of the starting lineup with a sprained right wrist and is day to day.

INDIANS: DH Travis Hafner was activated from the paternity list, and utilityman Vinny Rottino was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

MARLINS: 2B Emilio Bonifacio's left thumb sprain isn't as bad as first feared, and he's expected to miss two-three weeks. Bonifacio went on the 15-day DL, and INF Nick Green was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans.

NATIONALS: C Sandy Leon was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for newly acquired C Kurt Suzuki.

RED SOX: CF Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from the starting lineup with what manager Bobby Valentine called a minor leg injury. … RHP Josh Beckett, who left Tuesday's game in the third inning with back spasms, felt good after playing long toss and is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday.

ROCKIES: LHP Christian Friedrich is out for the season with a stress fracture on the right side of his lower spine. OF Michael Cuddyer also went on the 15-day DL with a strained right oblique muscle.

ROYALS: First-base coach Doug Sisson was fired and replaced by Rusty Kuntz, who was a special assistant to the general manager.

Phillies lose star catcher to injury for month-plus 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 10:05pm]
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