Carlos Ruiz Banned 25 Games

By jason keen
Updated: November 28, 2012

After being picked to win the NL East in 2012 by everyone not named Brad Lidge, it is safe to say that Philadelphia Phillies underachieved and under-performed when finishing third in the division with a record of 81-81. Any Phillies fan will agree that the one saving grace this past season, the one cloud with silver lining, was Carlos Ruiz. The first-time All-Star took tremendous strides finishing the season with career highs in home runs, batting average, runs, hits, doubles, runs batted in, slugging percentage and WAR.

Well, let’s just say that quickly came to an end when Chooch became the eighth major league player and second Phillie (Freddy Galvis) to be suspended under the 2012 guidelines of the joint drug prevention and treatment program. My initial thoughts were ones of disbelief and disappointment with correlations to Santa Claus not being real, Kimbo Slice not being able to beat himself out of a paper bag in the octagon, and Sammy Sosa’s in general, who today looks more like a jockey then he does a potential Hall of Famer.

The worst part about the whole situation is that this mark’s his second positive test for a banned substance as an initial positive for a stimulant does not trigger a suspension, just additional drug tests. According to sources, Ruiz’s positive test came at the end of the regular season. He had this to say

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”

So where Does this leave the Phillies?
Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games but will not be eligible to return until April 28 against the New York Mets. It looks like the Phillies will start the season with Erik Kratz behind the plate. While his offensive productivity is nothing to brag about his pitchers ERA in 50 games last year was 3.36.
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