Ruiz Returns; Worley Has Successful Surgery

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 07, 2012 05:17 PM | Comments: 11
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The Vanimal is whole again. (AP)

-Welcome back, Carlos Ruiz. Chooch was activated from the disabled list today, but will not start for at least the next few days. He’ll be relegated to bench duty; pinch-hitting and defensive replacement. Ruiz said he’s feeling good, but they won’t overplay him or rush him into doing things he’s not ready to do.

Charlie Manuel told me there was no thought about shutting him down for the season, although that seems far fetched. The Phillies are still looking at an extremely outside shot at a playoff berth, which is likely the reason Ruiz is on the active roster.

-Placido Polanco hits the DL yet again. The guy can’t stay healthy and it’s possible we’ve seen the last of him in a Phillies uni. Polly’s back is acting up yet again, said Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock. After a brief return from the DL, Polanco played sparingly, having lost his position to Kevin Frandsen. The Phillies still laud Polly’s defense, but that may not be enough to save him for 2013.

-Vance Worley had successful surgery on his elbow today. Proefrock said Worley had a loose body removed (just one) and had a bone spur fixed, which had been the cause of his troubles for much of the season.

Worley never complained about pain and shied away from ever blaming his rapid decline on the elbow, but it was pretty apparent it had some sort of affect. The Vanimal is now whole again and will start his rehab tomorrow, according to Proefrock.

-Brian Schneider had a baby – not him, but his wife. Haven is the girls name. Congrats to the Phillies backup catcher who continues his rehab in Clearwater. Proefrock did not sound optimistic that Schneider would be able to contribute much for the remainder of this season, which could also be his last in Philadelphia.

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  • Posts: 0 matt

    polly has a back made of glass, who didnt see this coming? yea, they laud his defense, when he’s on the field.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      FWIW, only 8 3Bmen played more in 2010-11

    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      poly want a doctor?

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Polly and Schneider are both done after this year i would imagine. Rube should remove any thought of resigning him. Great player just his time has come.

    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      agreed ! both should be gone! thank god. and by the way congrats to mr schnieder on his new baby girl! hope she and mom are doing ok!

  • Posts: 556 Bruce

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    If the Phillies management decides not to keep Polanco then 3B is going to a troublesome issue for the off season. Frandsen is not an everyday player and puh-leese don’t mention Wiggington or Martinez as possibilites (chuckles). There have been reports that Utley offered to play there if needed. I don’t think so. The hot corner requires extraordinary fast reaction and movement plus a strong arm. One needs to be cautious with Utley and his knees in order to keep him healthy for the entire season next year.

    With a quality 3B position player and a 8th inning set-up reliever needed, I suggest that both one year wonder (2011) Vance Worley and Dominic “Deadwood” Brown be offer as trade baits while there is some value left for them. :-)

    • Posts: 0 lou possehl

      On the other hand, if the Phillies management decides instead to keep Polanco … then 3B is going to be a troublesome issue.

    • Posts: 0 George

      It’s too early to be calling Worley a “one year wonder.” He’s been dealing with bone chips the entire year.

      • Posts: 556 Bruce

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        George, I’m hoping that I’m wrong about Worley. However, having watched Worley pitched in all of his starts, I think its more about his inability to readjust to the hitters’ knowledge of his predictable pitches and his lack of command than his “one body” of a bone chip and spur in his elbow. After all, Worley has repeatedly stated in no uncertain term, that he has NO problem in pitching with it.

        I can also see his confidence fading with each of his outing knowing full well that he needs to rely on finesse to upset the timing of hitters since he doesn’t have overpowering “stuff”. He probably will need an extra pitch to develop and include in his limited repertory.

      • Posts: 0 George

        It takes most new players at least an entire year to readjust to hitters. It’s been called before “the sophomore jinx.”

        I take what he said about his elbow issues with a grain of salt. Roy Halladay said he had no issues either just before landing on the DL.

        Worley may never be an ace be, but I still maintain that one season, particularly a season in which he has worries about his health, is way too short a time to be making such rash judgements about his abilities or lack of them.

  • Posts: 0 George

    I doubt seriously that the Phils keep Polanco or Schneider. They’ve both been perpetual DL players, and they’re both old. They are only part-time players now, and the Phils have healthier, cheaper options for the bench in Kratz and Frandsen.

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