A Phillies fan favorite is coming to Coca-Cola Park.
Long time Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will play for the IronPigs on Saturday and Sunday against the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Ruiz is working his way back from an injured right hamstring.
Ruiz rehabbed in Reading earlier this year when he was coming back from a season-opening 25-game suspension for his use of the drug Adderall.
Saturday's IronPigs game can be seen live on WFMZ-TV starting at 6:30pm.
Ruiz, 34, is in the final year of a three-year contract and has appeared in just 16 games with the Phillies this season, batting .235 with two RBIs. Ruiz briefly rehabbed with the IronPigs in 2009 and 2010, batting 3-for-15 in five games.
Ruiz is coming off a spectacular season in which he earned an All-Star nod for the first time in his career and established career-highs in hits (121), doubles (32), home runs (16), RBIs (68), runs (56) and total bases (201). In fact, his doubles total was tops among all catchers in the N.L. While he did miss over a month late in the season with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, he ranked 4th in the N.L. in batting average (.335), 5th in on-base percentage (.399) and slugging percentage (.559) prior to the injury.
The Panama native has been an important piece of the Phillies recent successes, which includes a 2008 World Series title and another appearance in 2009. In fact, in 11 career World Series games, Ruiz is a .353 hitter with a pair of home runs.
Ruiz is an accomplished defender and in 2011 had the best catcher's ERA (3.06) in Major League Baseball. In 2010, he demonstrated his offensive prowess while leading the Phillies in batting average (.302) and on-base percentage (.400).
Ruiz was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on December 4, 1998 and made his Major League debut in 2006.
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