06/20/10 1:30 PM ET
Rollins seems finished with rehab games
By Zach Schonbrun / MLB.com
Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said Saturday that Rollins was to be evaluated after Saturday's game to see if he was ready to return. There was no word on Sunday whether Rollins -- who has been on the DL since May 22 with a strained right calf -- will make his return to Philadelphia's lineup for Tuesday's game against Cleveland.
Saturday was Rollins' fourth game for Clearwater. Overall, he went 2-for-11 with two runs and two RBIs.
Valdez making case to stay with Phils
PHILADELPHIA -- If there were any sign that the Phillies' offense has finally turned the corner after a dismal month, it may have occurred in the second inning of Saturday's 13-10 loss against the Twins.
It was then, with the game tied at 3, that even the light-hitting shortstop Wilson Valdez got in on the slugging attack, hitting a solo home run to left field. It was Valdez's first home run since 2004 -- a span of 423 at-bats.
"I was trying to make contact and get on base," Valdez said. "I don't try and do too much. I was trying to get on base and get a runner on."
Valdez's home run may serve as a last hurrah, with regular shortstop Jimmy Rollins set to come off the disabled list sometime next week. But Valdez has played well over the past few weeks, and the Phillies may have a difficult decision on their hands about whether to keep him or shortstop Juan Castro on the roster.
Valdez is batting .282 with seven RBIs in his past 21 starts entering Sunday -- including hits in four straight games -- to go with solid defense, his primary role. He has come through in big spots, like his single in the second frame off the glove of Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett to keep the inning alive against New York on Wednesday (he later scored on a three-run triple by Shane Victorino), and his solo homer on Saturday, which sparked a four-run inning.
"I just try and go out and have fun," Valdez said. "I've made myself comfortable at the plate and I'm working every day to make myself better. I'm trying to do whatever I can to help the team win."
The home run was just the second of Valdez's career -- he is a lifetime .229 hitter -- but the time between long balls doesn't bother him. His first home run, on Sept. 26, 2004, came when he was a callup for the White Sox. He doesn't remember if he still has the ball.
And at a slight 170 pounds, he understands home runs are not his game.
"I try and get a pitch that I can drive out of the infield," Valdez said. "Sometimes you find the pitch and you hit it the way you have to hit it. To me, it's more easy to just hit a base hit. I think you try and hit a home run, you lose your swing, you are out of the zone if you try and hit the ball too hard."
Valdez was designated for assignment earlier this season when Rollins first came off the disabled list but cleared waivers and was brought up when Rollins was hurt again on May 22. Since then, he has mostly split starts at shortstop with Castro, although Valdez has started the past five games.
Castro, a 37-year-old utility player who was signed as a free agent in the offseason, could be designated when Rollins returns this time. Since Valdez has already been designated for assignment, he would have to go to outright waivers. If he clears those, he has an option to become a free agent or stay with the Phillies organization and go to the Minor Leagues.
Ruiz hits up Citizens for more tests
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz showed up at the ballpark on Sunday for more testing as he recovers from a blow to the head suffered on Friday night. Ruiz was dazed after getting hit by a broken bat by Jason Kubel in the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 9-5 win.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday that Ruiz will likely not be ready to return to the lineup until Tuesday or Wednesday.
"We'll looking probably at middle of next week," Manuel said. "That's what I'm shooting for."
Ruiz was taken to the hospital Friday but was released and cleared after evaluation. He did not suffer a concussion, but was supposed to be continually evaluated throughout the weekend. Brian Schneider started for the second straight game Sunday.
Zach Schonbrun is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.