Yes, another injury.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel scratched Ruiz from the lineup because of a sore right quadriceps. Brian Schneider took his place. Manuel and Ruiz said they do not think it is serious, and Ruiz said he could play Saturday against the New York Mets.
"It's fine," Ruiz said. "Just one day."
Ruiz said he felt some tightness in his leg Thursday, when he hit a game-winning two-run double in the ninth inning for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ruiz has 11 game-winning RBIs in the seventh inning or later in his career, five of which have come this season. Only San Francisco's Andres Torres (six) and Washington's Ryan Zimmerman (six) have more this year.
Ruiz and Manuel could not say exactly when he suffered the injury -- could it have happened during the postgame celebration? -- although Manuel said it happened "probably while he was catching or during the game or something. I just gave him a blow today. He's a little tight. ... He said he woke up and said he was sore there."