The Phillies are on the verge of improving their battery and their backup battery, perhaps all in the upcoming week.
Ruiz began working his way back from a concussion on Thursday with Class A Advanced Clearwater. He was hitless while playing catcher Thursday, but picked up a hit in three at bats as the designated hitter Friday night. He also walked, stole second and later scored a run after advancing to third on a throwing error. Manager Ryne Sandberg says he is on a five or six day program before being assessed from there.
Nieves is “real close” according to Sandberg. In 14 games this season Nieves is batting .259 with a home run and four runs batted in.
As Cliff Lee is set to return Monday night, it is possible he will be throwing to either Ruiz or Nieves sometime this week.
Tags: Philadelphia Phillies