Ruiz isn't starting Monday's game against the Marlins. Ruiz is getting a day off after he went 0-for-2 with a walk in Sunday's extra-inning loss to Miami. Tres Barrera will start behind the dish and bat eighth.
Ruiz isn't starting Saturday against the Marlins. Ruiz started in the last two games and went 3-for-8 with a homer, four RBI, two runs and a stolen base. He'll get a breather while Tres Barrera starts behind the dish and bats eighth.
Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Marlins. The backstop took Dylan Floro deep in the sixth inning, but the Nationals were already in a 6-1 hole at that point. All three of Ruiz's homers this season have come from the left side of the plate, but the switch hitter's splits remain fairly balanced (.654 OPS vs. LHP, .681 vs. RHP).
Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base Wednesday against the Pirates. Ruiz delivered separate run-scoring singles in the first and fifth frames. He also swiped his fourth base of the season, which is particularly notable given that he had no steals at any professional level since 2016 entering the current campaign. Ruiz is striking out at just a 9.7 percent clip for the season, though he has an unimpressive .093 ISO paired with a .255 batting average across 238 plate appearances.
Ruiz will sit Tuesday against the Pirates, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Ruiz has handled a heavy workload this season, as his 53 starts behind the plate rank third in the league, trailing only J.T. Realmuto and Sean Murphy. He'll sit here for the second time in three games, with Riley Adams taking over to catch for Patrick Corbin.
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