The Philadelphia Phillies will be without their regular catcher for three to four weeks, and they are holding their breath about their first baseman.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz went on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI confirmed a strained right hamstring. Ruiz left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds after he was hurt while running the bases in the second inning. He could be out for a month.
Meanwhile, first baseman Ryan Howard, who missed Sunday's game after getting a cortisone injection in his ailing left knee, is considered day-to-day. He was out of the starting lineup again Monday for the Phillies' series opener in Miami.
During Ruiz's absence, Erik Kratz is expected to get the majority of starts behind the plate. The Phillies recalled Humberto Quintero from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to serve as the backup catcher. Quintero hit .250 in seven games with Philadelphia earlier this season.
Ruiz, 34, is hitting .235 with a .286 on-base percentage, no homers and two RBIs through 16 games. He served a 25-game suspension at the beginning of the season for using a banned stimulant.
Howard, 33, has a .245 average, a .282 on-base percentage, a .430 slugging percentage, six homers and 22 RBIs in 41 games.
In another roster move, the Phillies placed right-handed reliever Mike Adams on the 15-day disabled list due to a mid-back strain. The move was backdated to May 11, as Adams hasn't pitched since May 10. The veteran is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances (15 innings) this season.