A look at the Phillies as opening day nears. The Phillies begin the 2013 season at 7:10 p.m. Monday at the Atlanta Braves.


Carlos Ruiz comes off a career season. The 34-year-old batted .325 with 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2012.

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But Ruiz will stay in Florida when the team heads north today because he is suspended for the first 25 games because he twice tested positive for Adderall.

With Ruiz out, Erik Kratz (10-for-37 this spring) will start behind the plate.

The 32-year-old Kratz, a career minor-leaguer who made his major-league debut in 2010, played a career-high 50 games for Philadelphia last season. He impressed with nine home runs.

No matter what happens in 2013, this is likely to be a season of transition for Philadelphia catchers. Ruiz is a free agent at the end of the year and one of the club's top prospects is 21-year-old catcher Tommy Joseph.

Coming Friday: A look at the Phillies' bench.

On D5: Opening-day starter Cole Hamels looks sharp in his final tuneup as the Phillies beat the Tigers 4-1.

Michael McGarry, Staff Writer

MMcGarry@pressofac.com, 609-272-7185

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