MLB notes: Phillies get plenty of bad news

Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies is seen by a trainer at third base in the second inning of...

Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies is seen by a trainer at third base in the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park on May 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP)

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The Philadelphia Phillies got a whole lot of bad news Monday.

The Phillies learned that catcher Carlos Ruiz will be out of the lineup 3-4 weeks with a strained hamstring, first baseman Ryan Howard is day-to-day with a sore knee and reliever Mike Adams, out since May 12, was put on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Ruiz suffered a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring while running the bases Sunday. He has only appeared in 16 games this year after starting the season serving a 25-game suspension for amphetamine use.

An MRI Monday morning revealed inflammation in Howard's left knee, the same leg that forced Howard to miss half of last season while he recovered from surgery on his left Achilles performed in October 2011. Howard was hitting .245 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 41 games this season.

Adams has been battling back spasms for more than a week. His stint on the DL was back-dated and the right-hander could return as early as Sunday. He has a 3.00 earned-run average with 19 strikeouts and six walks in 15 innings this season.

TEIXEIRA PLAYS

Mark Teixeira is one step closer to making his season debut.

The New York Yankees first baseman took his first at-bats during an extended spring training session Monday. It's the first time he's swung a bat since tearing the tendon sheath in his right wrist while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in March.

"Felt good to get my first AB's since March. 1-2 with a double and a walk, I'll take it," Teixeira tweeted Monday.

There's still no timetable for his return. He was put on the 60-day disabled list to start the season, meaning he could return as early as June 1.

Teixeira hit .251 with 24 hits and 84 RBIs in 123 games with New York last season.

MATTINGLY SAFE

The struggling Los Angeles Dodgers have "no plans" to fire Don Mattingly, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers came into the season with high expectations after adding stars Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez via trade while blowing up the payroll to a league-record $220 million in the off-season, but are off to a sluggish 17-25 start.

The Dodgers were swept by the San Francisco Giants two weeks ago and by the Atlanta Braves over the weekend, leading to speculation that Mattingly's job is at stake.

Mattingly is in the final year of his contract. A club official told the Times Sunday that the team does not plan to let go of Mattingly before the Dodgers return from a road trip Thursday.


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