Ruiz hit with pitch in extended spring game

Ruiz hit with pitch in extended spring game

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz got hit with a pitch on his left wrist on Friday in an extended spring training game in Clearwater, Fla.

X-rays came back negative. The Phillies said he is day to day.

That is a big relief. Ruiz is serving his 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant, but is eligible to rejoin the team on April 28 against the Mets at Citi Field. They need him back badly. Phillies catchers -- Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero -- had a .480 on-base-plus-slugging percentage entering Friday, which was the third-worst mark in baseball.

Only the Marlins (.446) and Reds (.430) had gotten less production from their catchers.

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