Chooch goes 2-for-2 with an RBI in DL return

Chooch goes 2-for-2 with an RBI in DL return

Chooch goes 2-for-2 with an RBI in DL return
PHILADELPHIA -- In his first action in more than five weeks, Carlos Ruiz picked up right where he left off.

Inserted as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning of Sunday night's 7-4 win over the Rockies, Ruiz went 2-for-2 with an RBI. The Phillies' All-Star catcher had been out since Aug. 2 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He was activated from the disabled list on Friday, but the Phillies are trying to ease him back into playing. Once he gets comfortable, he could start a couple games per week.

"He said he felt fine," manager Charlie Manuel said. "If you noticed, he was running OK, but he wasn't running good enough to score from second base and stuff. That could be tough for him. But we'll watch him."

Sunday's two-hit performance was Ruiz's 29th multi-hit game of the year. He upped his average to .340 on the season.