Phillies vs. Braves – 3/8
We’re back in Lake Buena Vista. Here is the lineup for today’s game against the Braves:
1. Marcus Giles, 3B
2. Jayson Werth, CF
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. John Mayberry Jr., RF
6. Jason Donald, 2B
7. Eric Bruntlett, SS
8. Ronny Paulino, C
9. Joe Blanton, P
Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock had an update on Carlos Ruiz, who left yesterday’s WBC game because of a neck injury: “Apparently there was a collision in the game. Subsequent to that, I guess he was chasing a pop up, he flipped his mask off and he felt it. So they took him out of the game. It was diagnosed as a neck strain. He was treated, sent home after the game and they’ll reevaluate him today when he comes back in.”
It doesn’t sound serious, and it’s unclear if Ruiz will play in Panama’s next WBC game.
UPDATE: Ruiz is OK. He is taking BP and is in the starting lineup for today’s game against the Dominican Republic.
UPDATE II: Ruiz told Will Gonzalez, who is covering the WBC for MLB.com: “I feel good. I feel a little sore but I can play.” Ruiz also said he had no regrets about playing in the WBC: “I had to come. The President of Panama called me, and my mom wanted me to do it for our country.”