Chooch’s Left Hand is OK
He got hit in his left hand with a pitch in the ninth inning last night in a Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox in Ft. Myers. The Phillies called it a bruise, which seemed to be confirmed Friday when x-rays came back negative.
“Today it felt great,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz has been suspended the first 25 games of the season after testing positive for a banned stimulant. He is eligible to play in his first regular-season game April 28 against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He is eligible to begin a rehab assignment April 23.