Chooch setting career highs despite injury

Chooch setting career highs despite injury

PHILADELPHIA -- Back to being a regular in the Phillies' lineup after missing time with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Carlos Ruiz is closing in on another milestone.

Ruiz, who hit a key three-run home run in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Nationals, entered Wednesday with 114 hits, three shy of setting a new career high. Despite missing five weeks, the All-Star catcher has already set career highs in home runs (16), RBIs (65), runs scored (53) and extra-base hits (45) this season.

"Chooch has had without a doubt, from an offensive standpoint, his best season as far as staying consistent with the bat," manager Charlie Manuel said. "His batting average [.327] proves it. He's hit balls all over the field. ... He's been consistent, very consistent, and that's good. He's kind of like a complete player now."