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Ruiz said Thursday that he has been playing with a sore left shoulder all season, CSN Philly reports.

Ruiz said he tweaked something working out in the weight room in spring training. He will undergo tests after the season. The Phillies have been resting him a bit more of late which will probably continue through the end of the season.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

The Phillies have little incentive to play the aging Ruiz at this point in the season, so he'll get the day off for the third time in four days Thursday. Expect the trend to continue into the final week of the season, with both Wil Nieves and Cameron Rupp picking up more at-bats as a consequence.

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Ruiz is not in the lineup Tuesday, CSN Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury reports.

It will be the second day off in a row for Ruiz, but there's no word of an injury. Cameron Rupp will get the start behind the dish for the second game of the series against San Diego.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.

Ruiz, who's batting .260/.328/.431 with four homers since the All-Star break, will give way to Wil Nieves after two straight starts. The 35-year-old Ruiz signed a three-year deal with the Phillies last November and should remain the primary option behind the plate next season.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday, the Morning Call's Stephen Gross reports.

It's just a standard day off for Ruiz, who has caught the past three days. Wil Nieves will get the start behind the dish.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

Ruiz was just afforded a two-day break with the team off Thursday, but he'll head back to the bench Saturday as Wil Nieves steps in behind the plate. The 35-year-old has two more years remaining on his contract after this season, so it would make sense if the Phillies took measures to further reduce his workload over the final weeks of the season.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

The Phillies and Braves will conclude their three-game series with an afternoon tilt, resulting in the day off for Ruiz, who will give way to Wil Nieves. Ruiz went 2-for-6 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in the first two games of the series.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports.

Manager Ryne Sandberg will give his top backstop a day off in light of Sunday's early start. Wil Nieves will serve as the catcher for A.J. Burnett.

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Ruiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.

Ruiz will catch up on some rest after starting the first two games of the series behind the plate. He collected a homer and two RBI over his six at-bats.

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Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run Monday against the Nationals.

Ruiz is in the midst of a modest four-game hitting streak, but isn't much of an offensive force as he is only hitting .265 with four home runs and 21 RBI overall.