Chooch starts for first time in more than a month

Chooch starts for first time in more than a month

Chooch starts for first time in more than a month
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Ruiz on Tuesday night found himself in the Phillies' lineup for the first time since Aug. 2.

He had been on the disabled list from Aug. 3 through last Friday because of an injured left foot. The Phillies said they plan to bring Ruiz along slowly, and manager Charlie Manuel said Ruiz likely would rest Wednesday before potentially returning to the lineup Thursday or Friday.

Ruiz hit an RBI double in his first at-bat on Tuesday.

"We'll see how it goes, first of all," Manuel said. "We'll see how far he can go. ... That's probably my only concern, him running at 100 percent. He's getting close to that."

Ruiz picked up a couple of hits entering in the sixth inning in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Rockies, so it appears he hasn't lost his swing. He entered Tuesday hitting .340 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs in 315 at-bats.