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.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
The lefty-hitting Ruiz will take a seat Wednesday with southpaw Yusei Kikuchi on the bump for Seattle. Ruiz appears to be locked into a clear strong-side platoon role, with Ramon Urias typically drawing starts at second base against left-handed pitching.
Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, an additional run, a walk and a strikeout as Baltimore fell 5-2 to Seattle on Tuesday.
Ruiz's fifth-inning shot knotted the game 1-1 and he came around to score in the ninth on a Trey Mancini single. His .164 average justifies only occasional playing time, even on an Orioles team without any expectations.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Oakland is trotting out another left-handed starting pitcher (Sean Manaea) for the series finale, so the lefty-hitting Ruiz will sit for the second day in a row. Platoon mate Ramon Urias checks in for Ruiz at second base.
Ruiz isn't starting Saturday's game against Oakland, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz will retreat to the bench for the second time in the last three games since southpaw Jesus Luzardo is starting for the Athletics. Ramon Urias will start at second base and bat ninth.
Ruiz isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are starting left-hander Jordan Montgomery in Thursday's series finale, so Ruiz will get a breather. Pat Valaika will start at second base and bat ninth.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
The lefty-hitting Ruiz has been the Orioles' regular starter at second base versus right-handed pitching this season, but his hold on that job may be tenuous in light of his brutal start to the campaign. He's currently sitting on a .516 OPS on the season, a drop of nearly 200 points from 2020. Even though righty Deivi Garcia is on the hill Monday for New York, Ruiz will take a seat while Ramon Urias gets a turn at the keystone.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
With Oakland bringing another lefty (Jesus Luzardo) to the mound for the series finale, Ruiz will head to the bench for the second time this weekend. Ramon Urias replaces Ruiz at second base.
Ruiz is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Athletics, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz is on the bench for the second straight contest with lefty Cole Irvin taking the mound for Oakland on Friday. Ramon Urias receives the start at the keystone for Baltimore in the series opener.
Ruiz isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run Tuesday. Ramon Urias will take over at second base for Wednesday's series finale, batting seventh.
Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
He took Mike Foltynewicz deep in the fourth inning, giving Ruiz his second homer of the year. The 26-year-old has had a sluggish start overall at the plate, hitting .158 (6-for-38) through 12 games with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate that is nearly 10 points worse than his career mark.
Ruiz will sit for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz sat for both halves of Tuesday's doubleheader but made an appearance off the bench in both games, so he doesn't seem to be dealing with an injury. Ramon Urias will again start at second base in his absence.
Ruiz is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz was also out of the lineup for Tuesday's matinee, though he did make an appearance as a pinch runner and stay in to play the field. Ramon Urias receives another start at the keystone with lefty Nick Margevicius starting the nightcap for Seattle.
Ruiz will sit for the afternoon portion of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz was expected to sit Monday, but that game got rained out. The Orioles will use the lineup they intended to use for that contest in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but Ruiz should have a good chance to start in the nightcap. Ramon Urias gets the start at second base in his absence.
Ruiz is not in the lineup Monday against Seattle, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Ruiz's regular role appeared to be at risk after the Orioles signed Maikel Franco to play third base in mid-March. He's managed to find himself in the lineup on a regular basis, however, sitting for just the second time in the season's first 10 games Monday. Six of his starts have come at second base, where Ramon Urias will get the nod Monday.
Ruiz went 0-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's 6-4 extra-inning loss to the Red Sox.
Ruiz got aboard on a fielder's choice in the second inning and stole second with two outs, but he didn't come around to score. It was his first steal of the year. He's added a homer, two RBI, four runs scored and a .148/.233/.259 slash line while working as a near-everyday second baseman. While Ruiz's numbers aren't impressive, he still holds an edge over Ramon Urias for playing time.
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