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Carlos Ruiz Injury Update: Phillies Catcher Could Avoid Disabled List

Philadelphia Phillies catcher, Carlos Ruiz, left Friday's game with a strained oblique. It was originally feared that he would have to be placed on the disabled list, but according to Matt Gelb, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that may not be the case anymore.

Carlos Ruiz sprayed Rogers Centre with line drives in batting practice Saturday morning and walked behind the cage to see Charlie Manuel, who was rendered speechless 12 hours earlier when asked to consider the possibility of life without his catcher.

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While the Phillies front office prepared for a lengthy absence, Ruiz said he could play immediately.

The 33-year-old catcher is having a tremendous season, sporting a gaudy batting average of .362. He already has eight home runs – just one away from his career-high.

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