4/27/2014 2:37 P.M. ET
Three Phils nearing extended spring games
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Right-handed pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is working out as a starter and will pitch in an extended spring training game soon.
He threw to hitters on Sunday.
"His mechanics are looking much more fluid," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. "We're just building his arm back after being injured. He was up to 94 [mph] when he pitched for us in Spring Training. We just have to get him going again."
Also, outfielder Darin Ruf (strained oblique) remains on track to play in extended spring training games. Amaro does not expect Ruf to be activated during the upcoming seven-game homestand.
"He needs at-bats," the general manager said. "He needs to play in games. We'll start him off at extended and see where he goes from there but he needs Abs."
Ethan Martin (strained right shoulder) will pitch in an extended spring training game Monday.
Thriving Ruiz gets day off in finale
PHOENIX -- Philadelphia's hottest hitter this week started Sunday's series finale against the D-backs on the bench, but Carlos Ruiz was not complaining.
"I'm feeling good at the plate, but I need rest, too," the catcher said. "I'm feeling really good now and I'm trying to stay positive. It feels real good."
Ruiz is hitting .500 (11-for-22) with a .593 on-base percentage and a 1.502 OPS with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs since Monday. He has also scored eight runs in the six games and racked up five hits in six at-bats with runners in scoring position during that span.
"He's just clutch," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He's using the whole field and he's big in situations. He's just red-hot."
Ruiz had only 10 hits in his first 49 at-bats during his first 14 games of the season. He had four extra-base hits and no RBI during that stretch.
"I just want to carry this throughout the whole season," Ruiz said.
Backup catcher Wil Nieves made his fifth start of the season Sunday.
Galvis staying positive through slump
PHOENIX -- It has been a rough start for Freddy Galvis.
He started the season on the disabled list because of a left knee infection and now he's in the middle of a tough 1-for-30 stretch at the plate.
"You have to keep strong, playing and giving 100 percent for the team and that's what I'm going to do," Galvis said. "In seven games, I think I've hit more than eight balls good without a hit but that's baseball. Sometimes, you can get five or six bloopers on the road and you get five hits. That's baseball."
What's more, Galvis has not had a hit since April 20 against the Rockies, a span of 23 at-bats. He was activated off the disabled list on April 11.
"He's struggling," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said. "It's hard. I'm sure it's weighing on him mentally. He just needs to flip one in, get a little dinker so he can breathe."
Galvis believes he went through a similar slump in 2008 while at Class A.
"I learned in the past year that you have to know the difference between defense and offense," Galvis said. "When you are doing bad on offense, you have to play defense and that's what I try to do."
Galvis entered the game Sunday in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement and made an outstanding play on hard hit grounder by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt for the first out of the inning.