09/01/12 8:33 PM ET
Ruiz not returning this season a possibility
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
But then Ruiz suffered an injury to his left foot in July. He has been on the disabled list since Aug. 3. Ruiz has been running every other day to test the foot, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ruiz spoke Friday about the possibility that he finishes the season on the disabled list rather than return and possibly re-injure himself.
"Definitely, if I want to come back, I want to make sure I'm 100 percent," Ruiz said before Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. "I don't want to come back and the injury happens again. I don't try to push it too much -- just taking it nice and easy with my running. If I feel something, stop. But so far, I feel real good. It'll be a little hard. It's not completely gone. I still feel just a little bit."
But Ruiz said he understands Amaro's thinking on this.
"I got his point," he said. "At the same time, I feel like I have to try. I have to try until the last day. It's not like I'm going to give up. But yeah, I got his point. We'll see. He said there is no pressure to come back. Try to be 100 percent, and that's what we're doing right now."
Kratz stands his ground on collision with Chipper
ATLANTA -- Phillies catcher Erik Kratz survived the collision at home plate with Chipper Jones in the fourth inning Friday at Turner Field.
Jones called it the hardest hit of his career.
"Yes," he said. "I hit Mike Piazza a couple times, but nothing like that. Piazza was more one of those guys that would just sit on home plate. He learned under [Mike] Scioscia and he would just sit there. He was pretty hard to move when he's sitting on home plate. When the throw is high and up the line, it gives you an opportunity to get up under there."
Jones said he knew he was out as soon as he clocked Kratz.
"I could tell the way he caught the ball, the ball popped in his glove," he said. "He caught it solidly and it got there a fraction of a second before I did. If he had caught it and it might have been rattling around in there, then you think you might have an opportunity to jar it loose. But he was pretty rock solid on the reception."
Outfielder Domonic Brown, who has some soreness in his left knee, was not in Saturday's lineup. He has started just once since Aug. 24.
The Phillies activated outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the disabled list. He had been on the DL with a broken right big toe.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon became the fifth youngest pitcher in baseball history to record 250 saves (31 years, 282 days). He trailed only Francisco Rodriguez (28 years, 135 days), Rod Beck (30 years, 56 days), Robb Nen (31 years, 214 days) and Bruce Sutter (31 years, 231 days). Papelbon needed 281 save opportunities to reach 250, which is the second fewest save opportunities before recording 250 saves in history. Joe Nathan reached 250 in 271 save opportunities last season.
The Phillies recalled left-hander Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Saturday's 5-1 win over the Braves. He is expected to be available Sunday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.