Phillies activate Carlos Ruiz from DL, option Steven Lerud

Brian Garfinkel

Philly has its starting catcher back for Tuesday's contest against the Nats.

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list and optioned reserve backstop Steven Lerud back to Triple-A, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.

Out since May 21 with a strained right hamstring, the 34-year-old Ruiz's return to the lineup should be a welcome relief for the Phillies. Erik Kratz did a serviceable job behind the plate when Chooch was serving his drug suspension at the start of the year, but the situation has become a bit more dire in recent weeks.

Kratz went down with a left knee injury a little over a week ago, leaving Humberto Quintero and Lerud to cover the catching duties for Philly.

Ruiz appeared in 16 games for the Phillies before hitting the DL, batting an unimpressive .235/.286/.275 in 56 plate appearances. The veteran backstop is unlikely to duplicate his career-best 2012 -- in which he hit .325/.394/.540 with 16 home runs -- but he should pick up his production some.

Lerud, 28, appeared in just six games for the Phillies, and failed to notch a hit in five at-bats.

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