The Rockies claimed Ruiz off waivers from the Orioles on Monday. Ruiz opened the season as the Orioles' everyday second baseman, but he lost hold of his starting role -- and his spot on the 40-man roster -- after batting .167 with a 28.7 percent strikeout rate over 101 plate appearances. The 27-year-old will move on to a favorable hitting environment in Colorado, but since Ruiz has two minor-league options remaining, he'll report to Triple-A Albuquerque initially. Ruiz will likely find himself behind Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers, Josh Fuentes and Garrett Hampson in the pecking order at either third or second base with his new organization.
Ruiz was designated for assignment Tuesday. Ruiz recorded just four hits in his last 24 at-bats and appeared to have lost his job as an everyday starter in the infield, having played only twice since May 12. Despite homering three times, Ruiz has just six RBI on the season. He yields his roster spot to Stevie Wilkerson, whom the Orioles called up Tuesday.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Friday against the Yankees. Ruiz is 1-for-10 over his past four games and will sit Friday, even with righty Corey Kluber on the mound for New York. Pat Valaika will start at the keystone for Baltimore in the series opener.
Ruiz isn't starting Monday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Ruiz will be on the bench for the third time in the last five games with left-hander Martin Perez starting for Boston. Pat Valaika will play second base and bat eighth.
Ruiz will not start Friday's game against Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. The second baseman has started just one game against a lefty pitcher this season, and that trend continues as he sits while Eduardo Rodriguez starts for the Red Sox. Ruiz has hit three homers this season but has struggled overall at the plate and is no more than a platoon player.