Phillies catcher Ruiz to be examined

Updated: September 23, 2009, 1:58 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The Philadelphia Phillies flew catcher Carlos Ruiz back to Philadelphia on Wednesday morning to have his sprained left wrist examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti.

Ruiz originally injured the wrist on a tag play at the plate Friday in Atlanta, but he returned to start Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader in Florida. After the game, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told ESPN.com that Ruiz told the club his wrist was still bothering him. So team officials decided to send him back to Philadelphia for further examinations.

"We don't think it's serious," Amaro said. "We just thought it made sense to be cautious and have him examined."

If Ruiz is more seriously hurt than thought, it would be an area of major concern as the Phillies look ahead to October. Their backup catcher, Paul Bako, is 37 years old. And with the trade of their most advanced catching prospect, Lou Marson, in the Cliff Lee deal, their only other catching option is 33-year-old career minor leaguer Paul Hoover, who has just 74 big-league at-bats in 13 pro seasons.

In other Phillies injury news, Amaro said that Pedro Martinez saw a chiropractor Tuesday in South Florida and had his sore ribs and neck "adjusted." Martinez was expected to see the chiropractor again Wednesday, Amaro said. The Phillies have pushed back Martinez's next scheduled start from Friday to Saturday to give him more time to recover.

Jayson Stark is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com.

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