October 4 Camden Courier-Post:
“It was the last thing Charlie Manuel wanted to see Sunday.
His starting catcher left the game and needed X-rays on his elbow after being plunked with a pitch.
His lefty specialist left the game with soreness in his lower back.
In a game that meant nothing in the standings, it could have proved disastrous for the Phillies’ playoff hopes.
While Manuel isn’t saying the Phillies are out of the woods just yet, the early prognoses on both Carlos Ruiz and J.C. Romero are encouraging.
The X-rays on Ruiz’s elbow came back negative, and while the catcher had a sizeable knot on his arm where he was hit, he was hopeful the injury wouldn’t keep him out of the lineup when the Phillies open the division series on Wednesday.
“We’ll see (Monday) when I wake up, but right now it’s sore,” Ruiz said. “I’ll go see a doctor (Monday) and hope everything is OK and all right for Wednesday.”
Romero left the game after facing three batters in the sixth inning with soreness in his left lower back. He said he has felt tight for the past several days, an injury he said might simply be from sleeping on an uncomfortable bed.
Whatever the cause, Romero said he doesn’t expect it to be a long-term problem.
“I’ve been a little tighter than normal but there’s nothing to it,” Romero said. “(Sunday) was just a little more and every time I tried to drop down a little bit on my sinker, it really grabbed me. It was a precaution because I didn’t have to push it and try to be a hero today. But I’ll be ready to go.””
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