CSN Philly's Corey Seidman reports Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will head to Clearwater today to begin rehabbing in hopes of rejoining the Phillies soon after the All-Star break. Ruiz, who suffered a concussion on June 26th after being hit in the head with a pitch, will take batting practice and work on blocking pitches behind the plate.
Ruiz said he would be pinch-hitting and Clearwater's designated hitter before getting behind the plate for game action.
Ruiz, 35, is batting .257/.363/.357 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 66 games for the Phillies. The former All-Star was 0-for-19 before suffering his concussion. He is in the first year of a three-year, $26 million deal signed in November.
Chooch's injury came at a really bad time as his backup, Wil Nieves, injured his quad a week prior so the Phillies have been without their top two catchers for the better part three weeks.
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