Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz revealed that he injured his left shoulder during spring training and has played through the injury for the entire season, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that the pain has gotten progressively worse.
Ruiz apparently suffered the injury while lifting weights in March and Salisbury writes that it bothers him “on certain swings and occasionally when he receives a pitch in a certain location.”
It hasn’t really shown much in his numbers, which include a .258 batting average and .730 OPS that are slightly off from his career numbers but are actually better than what you’d normally expect from a 35-year-old’s decline phase anyway. He has, however, slumped recently.
Ruiz plans to see doctors after the season to determine if he needs surgery. He has two years remaining on a three-year, $26 million contract.
Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported this afternoon that the Phillies signed veteran reliever Drew Storen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. If Storen makes the major league roster, he will earn a $750,000 salary.
Storen, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Reds. That year, he posted a 4.45 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 23 walks over 54 2/3 innings. Storen then underwent Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2018 campaign. He inked a minor league deal with the Royals last year but struggled in nine appearances with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, resulting in his being released in June.
Robert Murray reports that the Phillies have also signed pitcher Bud Norris to a minor league contract. The right-hander, who turns 35 years old in March, missed the 2019 season due to a forearm injury. Norris was last seen in the majors in 2018 with the Cardinals, compiling a 3.59 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 21 walks over 57 2/3 innings of relief.
The Phillies had major bullpen problems last year and haven’t otherwise made any new additions so far this offseason. They’re hoping Storen and Norris have a little bit left in the tank.