PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double during the game against the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on April 15, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Brian Schneider May Miss A Month Of Action With Hamstring Strain

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Brian Schneider Injury May Keep Catcher Out A Month

Last Wednesday, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Brian Schneider injured his hamstring while running the bases. It was initially thought to be a moderate strain that would keep him out for a couple weeks, but Matt Gelb tells us there's a little more to it than that:

Schneider could be out for a month. Amaro said the hamstring strain is fairly significant.

The good news for the Phillies is that they have welcomed starter Carlos Ruiz back to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list, so while they lost one catcher, they gained another. Still, that's a ballclub that's had more than its fair share of significant injury problems in the early going this season, and Schneider is just the latest example.

The 34-year-old Schneider has batted 9-for-52 on the year with two home runs. His extended absence means temporary job security for Dane Sardinha, who has never come to the plate more than 49 times in a Major League season.

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Carlos Ruiz Coming Off Disabled List, Brian Schneider Going On

The Philadelphia Phillies are apparently using the take-a-catcher, leave-a-catcher tray of the universe, because as their starting catcher Carlos Ruiz is set to come off the disabled list, his backup, Brian Schneider, is about to go on the DL. The confirmation came from MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

Ruiz felt a shooting pain from his back down to his leg on April 27th, and while the Phillies were optimistic he could come back after resting for a couple of days, the pain didn't subside, forcing the trip to the DL.

Schneider is going on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring that he suffered while running the bases on Wednesday night. The backup catcher should be out for two to three weeks.

Dane Sardinha, who was put on the roster when Ruiz went on the DL, gets to avoid bus rides for another few weeks, as he will stay up and serve as Ruiz's backup in Schneider's absence. 

Ruiz was off to a bit of a slow start by his standards, hitting .226/.310/.371 in 62 at-bats.

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