Ruiz not slowed since returning from DL

Ruiz not slowed since returning from DL

PHILADELPHIA -- An injured left foot derailed Carlos Ruiz's season in August, when the Phillies placed him on the disabled list.

The club activated him Sept. 7, promising to keep a close eye on the catcher and estimating he would not play too much the rest of the season. But as the Phillies entered Thursday's series finale against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, Ruiz had started 10 of the previous 14 games, including each of the last five.

"It feels good," Ruiz said. "I still feel it at times, but it's gotten a lot better."

Ruiz said he expects the offseason to knock out the remaining discomfort in his foot, having him ready to go in Spring Training.

Ruiz entered play Thursday hitting .237 (9-for-38) with one double, two home runs and seven RBIs in 13 games since his return.