Phillies activate C Ruiz from DL

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Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was activated from the 15-day disabled list, reported Friday.

Ruiz was on the disabled list since Aug. 3 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The Phillies plan to use Ruiz sparingly for the time being. He will pinch-hit in this weekend's series against the visiting Colorado Rockies. He might start behind the plate once or twice a week starting next week.

"We definitely want to be careful with him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "What he's got is something that if he's on his feet for a long time, if he's moving a lot, he gets real tight."

The Phillies said they are confident that there is little risk in further injury by playing him the rest of the season, even though they are out of the pennant race.

"I think we're very comfortable with the fact that I don't think he's going to do any further damage," assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. "But he hasn't played, so I think it's just something that we're going to ... hopefully he can come out and contribute a little bit and get back in a rhythm and be ready to go for next year. I think it's important that he gets back out on the field."

Ruiz is batting .335 with 28 doubles and career highs with 14 home runs and 58 RBI.
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