NEW YORK - Carlos Ruiz set out from Pennsylvania on Saturday night for a 125-mile drive to New York City, where he could finally rejoin the Phillies.
A long trip, sure, but one he had been waiting all month to make.
"I was real happy on the way," Ruiz said. "It was a nice feeling that everything was over."
Philadelphia's steady catcher returned to the lineup Sunday after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine.
Ruiz, an All-Star last season, went 1-for-4 with a double in a 5-1 win over the Mets. He said he was glad to be back with the team and had put the penalty behind him, though it was hard to watch Philadelphia play without him because he couldn't do anything to help.
"I feel like I had very good at-bats (Sunday) and made good contact, so that was big for me," Ruiz said.
ANGELS: LH reliever Sean Burnett went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive because of irritation in his left forearm.
CARDINALS: Closer Jason Motte threw for the second straight day as a deadline neared for determining whether he could pitch with a partially torn ligament in his right (pitching) elbow.
D'BACKS: OF Jason Kubel, who had been out with a strained left quadriceps muscle, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.
DODGERS: Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, one of the team's top prospects, was arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. He was briefly jailed. Puig, 22, is on the disabled list for Double-A Chattanooga.
ROCKIES: Top prospect Nolan Arenado was promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs to be the team's starting third baseman. 3B Chris Nelson was designated for assignment. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki strained his left shoulder after an awkward slide home and is day to day.
WHITE SOX: RHP Gavin Floyd went on the 15-day disabled list with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm suffered Saturday vs. the Rays.
YANKEES: 1B Kevin Youkilis was out of the lineup because of a bad back one day after his return from a six-game layoff.