Where Have You Gone, Chooch?

Carlos RuizThe Phillies are unofficially on Chooch watch.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz is still serving his 25-game suspension for using a banned stimulant, and is eligible to rejoin the team April 28 against the Mets at Citi Field. But the Phillies could use him much earlier than that. Phillies catchers entered tonight’s game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park with a .486 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, which ranked 29th in baseball. Only Reds catchers (.326 OPS) have been worse.

Phillies catchers had an .861 OPS last season, which was the best in baseball. Ruiz has a career .781 OPS with a career-high .935 OPS last season.

Humberto Quintero is scheduled to catch Kyle Kendrick tonight. He entered the night hitting .222 (2-for-9) with one double. Erik Kratz entered the night hitting .171 (7-for-41) with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs.

Asked if he might use these final 12 days to evaluate his catchers, Charlie Manuel said, “They can count. When people start coming back we’re going to have to make some changes on our roster.”

But Manuel added anytime any of his hitters feel like stringing together some hits he will take it.


I didn’t think it was possible for the offense to be worse than last year, but they are sure making a go of it. Painful.

I hope Chooch has an approved Adderall prescription. Maybe Shane was sharing his last season.

Can’t wait to have back behind the plate. His presence in the line up will hopefully add something. Can’t get much worse offensively.

This is worse than last year. This team is lifeless and, like last year, can’t hit.
The lineup is filled with guys who should be in the minor leagues. When will Ruben be held accountable for putting this team together?
I realize it’s early, but I haven’t seen anything to make me think that they are any better than last year’s pitiful .500 season.
I can stand losing, but I can’t stand watching a boring baseball team.

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