Carlos Ruiz Is Back on Track

Carlos Ruiz missed the first 25 games of the season as a result of testing positive for amphetamines in November, then missed another 27 games between May 20 and June 18 with a strained right hamstring. To say it’s been a disappointing year for the 34-year-old catcher would be an understatement. To make matters worse, he followed up last year’s outstanding .935 OPS performance by posting a .591 OPS at the end of July. For those eager to turn the page and begin a new chapter of Phillies baseball, Ruiz was quickly erasing himself from the team’s future plans.

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