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05/02/09 4:30 PM ET

Phils activate Ruiz, send Marson down

Catcher back after three weeks on DL with oblique strain

PHILADELPHIA -- Catcher Carlos Ruiz rejoined the Phillies on Saturday after spending three weeks on the disabled list with a strained right oblique.

The Phillies optioned catcher Lou Marson to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Ruiz on the 25-man roster.

"Playing every day will be good, but I feel like playing three, four times a week would have been good," said Marson, who hit .235 (4-for-17) with one double in seven games. "But playing every day I think would be the best for me."

Marson thought the biggest benefit of the past three weeks was getting to know the pitchers. It can take time for catchers to get comfortable with pitchers, knowing their personalities and what they like to throw in certain situations.

Marson has room to grow with his game-calling.

"They want to see me take charge more," Marson said. "Once you get to know the guys more it's easier to do that. I can do that with J.A. [Happ] because I know him. I feel like it just comes with time. That's not my type of personality. Over time I'll be able to do that right away."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.