NEW YORK -- Carlos Ruiz found himself on the bench again Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring, but he looked mighty healthy when he smacked a pinch-hit two-run home run to left field to tie the game in the seventh inning in Wednesday's 10-6 victory over the Mets.
Before the game, it sounded like Phillies manager Charlie Manuel could have started Ruiz, but with an off-day Thursday, he figured a couple extra days of rest could help his catcher. Manuel later sent Ruiz to the plate to pinch-hit for Cliff Lee.
Said Ruiz: "I feel better today. I was running outside today and I feel better. I don't want to say [100 percent], but close. I think today and tomorrow are going to be the difference. I'll see how I feel Friday."
Ruiz said he felt tightness in his hamstring for a couple days before it intensified Sunday in St. Louis while running the bases.