Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for 25 games for his second violation of Major League Baseball’s Drug Program. With this being his second violation for the use of Adderall he will be eligible to return on April 28th. The first violation for what is deemed not a steroid just leads to more tests and a second failure is what triggers the suspension. Ruiz is coming off his best season in the majors and the 34 year old had his $5,000,000 option picked up by the Phillies.
Erik Kratz will be the starting Phillies catcher at the beginning of the season until Chooch returns. He was planned on entering Spring Training as the leading canadiate for the back-up job for Ruiz by General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Unless the Phillies make a big splash to sign a free agent catcher to replace Ruiz for a month (which is highly unlikely) the team will either add a catcher from the minor league system or sign a back up to Kratz for a very small price to play what shouldn’t be more than 3 games at the most.
This could leave the team with a hole in the first 25 games offensively & defensively that isn’t expected to be able to be filled by Kratz. Ruiz hit for a career year with a .325 average and 16 home runs to go with 68 RBI’s and was by far the Phillies offensive MVP last year.Tags: Carlos Ruiz, drug test failure, Erik Kratz, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies