Carlos Ruiz set out from Pennsylvania on Saturday night for a 125-mile drive to New York City, where he could finally rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies.
A long trip, sure, but one he had been waiting all month to make.
“I was real happy on the way,” Ruiz said. “It was a nice feeling that everything was over.”
Philadelphia’s steady catcher returned to the lineup Sunday after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine.
Ruiz, an All-Star last season, batted fifth as the Phillies tried for a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. He said he was glad to be back with the team and had put the penalty behind him, though it was hard to watch his teammates play without him because he felt as though he wasn’t doing anything to help.
Philadelphia opened 11-14 minus Ruiz, who said supportive teammates kept in touch with text messages throughout his suspension.
Affectionately known as “Chooch,” the 34-year-old Ruiz had a career year in 2012 when he batted .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 114 games. He missed a little more than a month with a foot injury.
Ruiz’s suspension was announced on Nov. 27 following his second positive test. An initial positive for a stimulant does not trigger a suspension, only that the player must undergo follow-up testing.
The catcher apologized in a statement, saying he was “sincerely regretful” for his mistake “in taking a prohibited stimulant.” He apologized to teammates and fans again at spring training.
Ruiz reportedly tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine commonly used to control attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Sox put Floyd on disabled list
The Chicago White Sox placed starter Gavin Floyd on the disabled lost with a flexor muscle strain in his right arm on Sunday.
Floyd left Saturday’s 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay due to the injury after giving up two hits and two runs with two walks and a strikeout in 2 2-3 innings. He threw 47 pitches and departed after throwing a first-pitch strike to Evan Longoria.
Floyd had an MRI Saturday night which did not indicate a tear. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts.
Dodgers prospect Puig arrested
Jail records show that Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested in Tennessee on charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance.
Hamilton County jail records posted online show Puig was arrested Sunday by Chattanooga police. No further details were available in the records online, and a Chattanooga police spokesman reached after hours did not have further information.
Rockies’ Tulowitzki hurt in slide
Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left Sunday’s game against Arizona with a strained left shoulder after an awkward slide home. Tulowitzki is listed as day-to-day.