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Ruiz out night after collision, says he's OK

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Ruiz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the decision had nothing to do with Ruiz's condition after he endured a hard collision with St. Louis' Yadier Molina during a play at the plate on Friday night.

Ruiz said on Saturday afternoon that "everything feels good" after the collision. Molina went shoulder first into Ruiz while attempting to go from first to home on a double by Matt Adams in the eighth inning of a 5-3 Phillies victory. Ruiz held onto the ball and kept the game tied at 3.

Manuel had said before the game on Friday that he was thinking about resting Ruiz on either Saturday or Sunday. Ruiz, whose .362 average entering Saturday's game is the fifth highest in the Majors, wasn't going to argue with the decision.

"[Charlie]'s the boss," Ruiz said on Saturday. "I'm ready if he needs me."

Brian Schneider was behind the plate and hit eighth for the Phillies on Saturday. Schneider is hitting .289 with a home run and four RBIs in 14 games this year.

ST. LOUIS -- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals. Ruiz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said the decision had nothing to do with Ruiz's condition after he endured a hard collision with St. Louis' Yadier Molina during a play at the plate on Friday night.

Ruiz said on Saturday afternoon that "everything feels good" after the collision. Molina went shoulder first into Ruiz while attempting to go from first to home on a double by Matt Adams in the eighth inning of a 5-3 Phillies victory. Ruiz held onto the ball and kept the game tied at 3.

Manuel had said before the game on Friday that he was thinking about resting Ruiz on either Saturday or Sunday. Ruiz, whose .362 average entering Saturday's game is the fifth highest in the Majors, wasn't going to argue with the decision.

"[Charlie]'s the boss," Ruiz said on Saturday. "I'm ready if he needs me."

Brian Schneider was behind the plate and hit eighth for the Phillies on Saturday. Schneider is hitting .289 with a home run and four RBIs in 14 games this year.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.