Brian Schneider Injury May Keep Catcher Out A Month

Last Wednesday, Philadelphia Phillies catcher Brian Schneider injured his hamstring while running the bases. It was initially thought to be a moderate strain that would keep him out for a couple weeks, but Matt Gelb tells us there's a little more to it than that:

Schneider could be out for a month. Amaro said the hamstring strain is fairly significant.

The good news for the Phillies is that they have welcomed starter Carlos Ruiz back to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list, so while they lost one catcher, they gained another. Still, that's a ballclub that's had more than its fair share of significant injury problems in the early going this season, and Schneider is just the latest example.

The 34-year-old Schneider has batted 9-for-52 on the year with two home runs. His extended absence means temporary job security for Dane Sardinha, who has never come to the plate more than 49 times in a Major League season.

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