Ruiz was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Ruiz was called up by the Dodgers on Sunday and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout in the team's loss to Miami. He'll now return to the minors as part of a shuffle to make room for Albert Pujols and Yoshi Tsutsugo.
Ruiz was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. The 22-year-old was sent down Monday but will rejoin the Dodgers with Corey Seager (hand) landing on the injured list. Ruiz doesn't figure to see much action with Will Smith and Austin Barnes still healthy.
Ruiz was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday. Ruiz spent six days with the big-league club but never had a path to much playing time given the presence of both Will Smith and Austin Barnes. He went 1-for-6 with four strikeouts in limited action, though his lone hit did clear the fence. It will likely take an injury to Smith or Barnes for Ruiz to earn meaningful at-bats this season.
Ruiz stated Saturday that he's willing to play outfield if needed, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Ruiz played outfield in high school but has not logged time at the position as a professional. He is currently on the active roster but is solidly behind both Will Smith and Austin Barnes on the catching depth chart. Despite Ruiz's openness to adding a position to his resume, manager Dave Roberts clarified that the team isn't currently considering such a move, per Matthew Moreno of Dodger Blue. If Ruiz were to get reps at another position, it would likely be first base, Roberts added.
Ruiz homered in his only at-bat during Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader loss to the Cubs. Ruiz was called up to the club prior to Tuesday's twin bill, and he logged his first at-bat of the season with the Dodgers down 7-0 in the final inning. The backstop kept Los Angeles from being shut out with a 405-foot solo shot to right field for his second big-league homer. Remarkably, Ruiz's other career long ball also came in his first at-bat of the season (in 2020). He isn't likely to see much time with Will Smith and Austin Barnes entrenched behind the plate for Los Angeles, but Ruiz could stick with the club and carve out occasional plate appearances if the Dodgers decide they have room to continue carrying a third catcher.
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