Ruiz gets day off, likely back on Sunday

Ruiz gets day off, likely back on Sunday

HOUSTON -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz was out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Saturday as manager Charlie Manuel was giving Ruiz a day off as he recovers from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"He'll play tomorrow probably. I'll try to get him in the game tomorrow," said Manuel, who had Erik Kratz as his starting catcher against Houston's Dallas Keuchel.

In Friday's 12-6 rout of the Astros, Ruiz felt good after the game even though his foot isn't completely healed from the partial tear. Ruiz, who scored twice on Friday, felt well on Saturday, but Manuel didn't want to start Ruiz in consecutive games. Not yet.

"I was giving him two or three days for a layoff, but I'm going to start playing him every other day at least to see where he's at," said Manuel. "I'll turn him loose eventually when I can."

Ruiz, who came off the 15-day disabled list on Sept. 7, is hitting .400 (30-for-75) with runners in scoring position since he started the season 1-for-11.