A day after co-starring in the defensive play of the season, Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp was out of the lineup for Sunday afternoon's series finale against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
Rupp withstood a heavy collision with Cincinnati's Eugenio Suarez at the plate to seal a 4-3 win on Saturday night (see game story). Leftfielder Tyler Goeddel provided the first half of the defensive gem when he threw a strike to the plate. It was the Phils' sixth win in seven games and pushed them to a season-high seven games over .500.
Rupp was tested for a concussion after the game and again Sunday morning.
There was no problem there.
But his left ankle was wrapped and he was a little gimpy. He planned to have it checked by a team doctor.
"I'm a little banged up, but that's part of the game," Rupp said. "I'll be all right."
Rupp said he "rolled" his ankle in the collision.
"It got all tangled up," he said. "It's sore. But the more I move it, the better it gets."
He did not rule out pinch-hitting, if needed.
Rupp did not believe it was necessary to get tested for a concussion, but that's policy in these times.
"Everybody said, ‘How's your head?' " he said with a laugh. "My head is fine. Nothing hit me in my head."
Many friends reached out with texts out of concern for Rupp after Saturday night's game. One came from his buddy Cody Asche, who is rehabbing an oblique injury with the Clearwater club.
"Cody was being Cody, let's leave it at that," Rupp said with a wry grin. "He was being the little brother he is."