Phillies activate Carlos Ruiz from DL

Philadelphia Phillies' Carlos Ruiz, right, and Wilson Valdez celebrate after John Mayberry Jr.'s game-winning RBI-single off Houston Astros' Brandon Lyon in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 1, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Phillies won 5-4. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

May 13, 2011 2:10:34 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated catcher Carlos Ruiz from the disabled list.

Ruiz was sidelined with lower back inflammation. He appeared in two extended spring training games and went 1 for 3 with a run scored Thursday night in a one-game rehab assignment for Single-A Clearwater.

Ruiz replaces catcher Brian Schneider, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain Thursday.

Ruiz is hitting .226 with two homers and nine RBIs. Last year, he led the Phillies with a .302 average and .400 on-base percentage.