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Baseball: Rio Ruiz is likely done for the season

April 8, 2012 | 12:51 pm

Standout infielder Rio Ruiz of La Puente Bishop Amat is not expected back this season after undergoing a procedure last month to have a blood clot broken up from a vein near his clavicle in his right shoulder, Coach Andy Nieto said.

Ruiz has been showing up to Bishop Amat games in uniform pumping up his players, but he's being monitored by his doctors while he takes blood thinning medication.

"He feels normal," his father, Rudy, said.

But he has not received doctor's clearance to return and isn't expected to for several months.

"They feel confident he'll be fine," Nieto said.

He has signed with USC but still has hopes of being drafted high and keeping his professional options open.

Meanwhile, Bishop Amat (9-6) has won eight of its last nine games without Ruiz and begins action on Monday in the Hard 9 National Classic.

-- Eric Sondheimer