But then Ruiz suffered an injury to his left foot in July. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3. Ruiz has been running every other day to test the foot, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ruiz spoke Friday about the possibility that he finishes the season on the disabled list rather than return and possibly re-injure himself.
"Definitely, if I want to come back, I want to make sure I'm 100 percent," Ruiz said before Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. "I don't want to come back and the injury happens again. I don't try to push it too much -- just taking it nice and easy with my running. If I feel something, stop. But so far, I feel real good. It'll be a little hard. It's not completely gone. I still feel just a little bit."
But Ruiz said he understands Amaro's thinking on this.
"I got his point," he said. "At the same time, I feel like I have to try. I have to try until the last day. It's not like I'm going to give up. But yeah, I got his point. We'll see. He said there is no pressure to come back. Try to be 100 percent, and that's what we're doing right now."