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Chooch to DL with Concussion

Carlos RuizCarlos Ruiz got hit in the head with a pitch during his at-bat in the 11th inning last night, but he still finished the 14-inning victory over the Marlins.

But the Phillies announced an hour before tonight’s 4-2 loss to the Braves that Ruiz had been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. They selected the contract of Triple-A Lehigh Valley catcher Koyie Hill to take Ruiz’s spot on the 25-man roster. They designated Double-A outfielder Zach Collier for assignment to make room for Hill on the 40-man roster.

Ryne Sandberg indicated about three hours before the game that Ruiz, who spent time on the DL in 2010 with a concussion, would be fine, but that changed.

“He was under a little bit of watch,” Sandberg said after the game. “He just had a headache and he checked with Scott (head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan). It was clear that he had something going on.”

Backup catcher Wil Nieves already is on the DL with a strained right quadriceps, leaving the Phillies with Cameron Rupp and Hill to catch while Ruiz and Nieves recover.

Hill, 35, was hitting .240 with nine doubles, one triple, three home runs and 17 RBIs in 45 games for Lehigh Valley.

Collier, 23, appeared in 40 games for Reading this season, hitting .228 with five doubles, two triples and one home run.

Good News on Utley

Chase Utley is unlikely to rejoin the Phillies early next week in Houston, but they said they got good news on his concussion today.

Concussion specialist Rob Franks examined Utley in Philadelphia, where he administered an ImPACT test. The results showed Utley is near his baseline test, which he took in Spring Training. That allowed Utley to begin exercising to see how he responds to exertion. Utley will have a follow up ImPACT test Monday, when Franks will reevaluate him.

“Based on that examination we’ll have a better idea of when he will return to play,” Scott Proefrock said.

But while Proefrock said it is unlikely Utley rejoins the Phillies for next week’s three-game series against in Houston, it sounds like Utley could be back sometime later next week.

“It’s positive,” Proefrock said. “Very positive. Good news. We’re going to be very cautious, obviously. But it seems like he’s making progress. We’ll make sure he’s 100 percent before we get him back on the field.”

Utley has no symptoms from the concussion. Proefrock said Utley “felt a little foggy” when he was hit in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday, but never experienced any headaches.

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Utley Visits Concussion Specialist, Rollins Activated

Chase Utley is in Philadelphia, where concussion specialist Rob Franks will examine him today at Rothman Institute.

Utley was hit in the helmet with a pitch in the sixth inning in last night’s 3-2 victory over Atlanta. He remained in the game, but left in the bottom of the eighth inning after complaining of a headache.

“We think it’s very, very mild, but we’re going to be cautious with him, obviously,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said last night. “You don’t want to mess with the head.”

Because the Phillies will be without Utley, the Phillies activated Jimmy Rollins from the DL. He had been sidelined because of a strained right groin. The Phillies probably would not have activated Rollins until next week, but activated him in case of an emergency.

“Before you all get ahead of yourselves, I’m not playing tonight,” Rollins said through his Twitter account (@JimmyRollins11).

Should be an interesting lineup with Utley and Rollins out of the lineup, huh?

One possible lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Mayberry LF, Ruiz C, Martinez 2B, Valdez SS, Hamels P.

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