Today, the news got a little better as the Phillies activated Ruiz from the 15-Day Disabled List. To make room for Ruiz on the 25 man roster, the Phillies optioned Steven Lerud to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Lerud, 28, was still searching for his first hit of the season. He was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts before being optioned. He was primarily brought in as a defensive replacement at the end of games. He appeared in six of the seven games he was with the Phillies.
Ruiz, 34, last appeared in a game on May 19th in a 3-2 win against the Reds. On the year, Ruiz is hitting .235/.286/.275 with no home runs and two RBI. He was suspended 25 games in the off-season for Adderal use.
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