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6/19/2014 11:37 A.M. ET

With Nieves ailing, Phils recall catcher Rupp

Outfielder Altherr optioned to Double-A to make room on 25-man roster

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies recalled catcher Cameron Rupp from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, with backup catcher Wil Nieves having suffered a leg injury Wednesday in Atlanta.

The Phillies optioned outfielder Aaron Altherr to Double-A Reading to make room for Rupp.

Nieves pulled up lame while running to second base on a double Wednesday. Nieves said afterward that he felt a pop in his right quadriceps.

"They said it was mild, and usually I'm a quick healer, so hopefully that's the case," said Nieves, who hoped to avoid a stint on the 15-day disabled list.

Rupp's arrival at least gives the Phillies protection behind the plate should something happen to Carlos Ruiz. Rupp, the team's 18th-ranked prospect, impressed in four games late last season, but he was hitting just .167 with a .665 OPS in 129 plate appearances with Lehigh Valley.

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