Ruiz appears OK after Thursday injury

Ruiz appears OK after Thursday injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz appeared just fine, laughing and talking with teammates in front of his locker Friday morning at Bright House Field.

He got hit in his left hand with a pitch in the ninth inning Thursday in a Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. The Phillies called it a bruise, which seemed to be confirmed Friday when X-rays came back negative.

"Today it felt great," Ruiz said.

Ruiz has been suspended the first 25 games of the season after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He is eligible to play in his first regular-season game April 28 against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He is eligible to begin a rehab assignment April 23.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.