6/4/2013 7:12 P.M. ET
Chooch hopes to start rehab stint next week
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- It is hard to believe, but it has been six years since Shane Victorino hit a memorable game-winning home run in the ninth inning on Shane Victorino Figurine Day at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies celebrated Carlos Ruiz Bobble Figurine Day on Tuesday at the Bank, but there would be no late-inning heroics for Chooch.
Ruiz has been on the disabled list since May 20 because of a strained right hamstring. But Ruiz said Tuesday afternoon he is feeling much better, and after traveling with the team to Milwaukee this week, he hopes to begin a rehab assignment next week with Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
If that happens, the catcher said he hopes to be back in the Phillies' lineup by the beginning of the team's next homestand, which begins June 17.
"So far, it's real good," Ruiz said. "Yesterday, I was running and I was real happy because I don't feel anything. Today was the first day that I could swing in the cage and off the tee with soft toss and taking [batting practice]. It was almost full and regular BP. It feels good. I feel real close."
Ruiz is hitting .235 (12-for-51) with two doubles and two RBIs in 16 games. Backup catcher Erik Kratz is hitting .238 (29-for-122) with three doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games.
Wins in short supply, but Hamels holds it together
PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Hamels starts Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins, and the odds seem to be in his favor.
Hamels eventually has to win a game, right?
Little has gone right for Hamels this season. He is 1-9 with a 4.86 ERA. But while Hamels has looked frustrated at times, he has said he is not frustrated at all. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee supported Hamels on Tuesday.
"I think he's handled this so much better than [his struggles] in '09, when he wasn't probably strong enough to pitch after the long year in '08," Dubee said. "I think his body language has been so much better on the mound. I think his body language improved in 2010, and it's been great ever since."
Dubee responds to Aumont's comments
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said there is plenty of communication between the big league coaching staff and coaches working in the Minor Leagues.
Triple-A right-hander Phillippe Aumont recently told The Express-Times (Easton, Pa.) he is getting mixed messages from different coaches. He said, "Baseball is a very confusing thing because you have so many people who have so many different perspectives on how to do things. At the Major League level, [bullpen coach] Rod [Nichols] is telling me something, then I come down here and can hear different stuff. Which way do I go? Do I want to please the people while I'm down here right now or do I do the things the big league team wants me to do, even if I'm not doing the stuff they want me to do here?"
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. declined comment through a team spokesperson Monday, but Dubee said Tuesday, "Not knowing why it was said or how it was said, was it said out of frustration, was it said out of actual miscommunication? … I know what we left him with when he left here, the directions. I don't think they've changed, but I think out of frustration, sometimes stuff happens.
"There is no line of communication we don't cover. When a guy comes up, I have a report and I talk to [Lehigh Valley pitching coach Ray Burris]. When a guy goes down, they have a report and I talk to Ray. It's the same way with our position players. So there isn't anything that we don't discuss."
• Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay was scheduled to meet with team physician Michael Ciccotti on Tuesday in Philadelphia. On Wednesday morning, he will meet with reporters to discuss his progress following surgery on his right shoulder. There is a chance Halladay could pitch again for the Phillies this season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.