Today at Spring Training, Carlos Ruiz spoke to the media. People were crowded around Ruiz, who was sitting at a picnic table. Chooch was asked about the Adderall and his 25-game suspension, and pretty much all of his responses were apologies.
Chooch stated, “first, I apologize to my organization, the fans, my teammates, my whole family. I feel so bad. I’m trying to put everything behind me and do my best this year. For me, it’s hard, man. I leave my team for 25 games but I want to play. At the same time, I feel like they support me. I have a lot of good friends. I’m ready to come back and do my best.”
Ruiz was a big part of the Phillies organization last year, putting up career-high numbers: .325 batting average, 16 homeruns, and 68 RBIs. His defense was a huge key factor as well.
There is no doubt the Phils will struggle without Chooch behind the plate in the first 25 games of the season, so hopefully he learned his lesson and will be a big asset to this team once again this year.