NEW YORK -- Opening Day for Carlos Ruiz happened 26 games after it did for the rest of the Phillies, but it was opening day regardless.
"I am really happy to be here -- it's a nice, nice feeling," said the catcher in the dugout Sunday morning before his return from a 25-game suspension for testing positive for using an amphetamine. "I am putting everything behind me.
"This wasn't like being injured, it was completely different. I watched a lot of games, and it was hard for me because I would like to be here and I can't do anything because I was under suspension."
Ruiz, who was permitted five rehab games, played two at Class A Clearwater and two at Double-A Reading on Friday and Saturday nights. He hit a cumulative .143 with a homer and three RBIs in the four games.
"They throw a lot of strikes in Double-A compared to extended spring training," Ruiz said. "Extended spring, you face a lot of kids and you don't feel comfortable at home plate.
"See the ball, swing, use the middle of the field -- that's what I always try to do, The last two games I feel great, and that's very important for me."
Likewise is his return for the Phillies. Catchers Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero hit a combined .209 with two home runs and nine RBIs in the absence of a 2012 All Star. Quintero was designated for assignment to make room for the 34-year-old Ruiz.
Asked whether the Phillies missed Ruiz more at the plate or behind it, manager Charlie Manuel said, "I'd say both."
Ruiz was hitting fifth Sunday, the place to which he ascended in the 2012 order.
Quintero designated for assignment by Phils
NEW YORK -- To make room for Carlos Ruiz, who returned from a 25-game suspension on Sunday, the Mets designated for assignment catcher Humberto Quintero, leaving Erik Kratz as Ruiz's backup.
Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said the organization hopes that Quintero, a six-year Major League veteran, clears waivers and remains with the organization.
"You can never have enough catching, " said Proefrock, "Somebody will invariably get hurt.
"We have Tommy Joseph, who will do the bulk of the catching in Triple-A, and we have Steve Lerud, who was in the mix to make the [Major League] club. If we lose Humberto we are comfortable with Lerud being the next guy in line, because we don't think [21-year-old] Joseph is ready for that."
Quintero was 5-for-20 with two RBIs in seven games with the Phillies this season.
• Delmon Young, rehabbing his right ankle following surgery, was given Saturday off at Triple-A as a scheduled recovery day. "I haven't heard anything so far that tells me his return to us is imminent," said assistant general manager Scott Proefrock. "If he is not ready to play the outfield the way we want him to play and the way he wants to play, there is no point in bringing him up. We would have to make a roster move to accommodate that and it doesn't make any sense if he can't play the outfield.
• Center fielder Ben Revere missed his fourth consecutive start with tightness in his left quadriceps muscle. "He has gotten better," said Proefrock, "I would say we will see how he feels after the off-day [Monday], but that is [manager Charlie Manuel's] call.
Jay Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.