5 years ago

Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games by Major League Baseball for the use of amphetamines.

"Chooch" will serve the punishment at the start of the 2013 regular season. It's a major blow to the Phillies, who have come to rely on the veteran catcher's improved offensive production. Ruiz, 33, batted .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI in 2012 for Philadelphia.