Baseball star Ruiz has blood clot removed

March, 24, 2012
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Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.) senior third baseman Rio Ruiz, a potential high-round pick in June’s MLB draft, underwent surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot in his neck, the Los Angeles Times and San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

There’s no word on how long Ruiz will be out, but Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto told both papers that Ruiz is in stable condition and plans to see a specialist.

"He needs to get his health in order," Nieto told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "It wasn't an emergency surgery. It was more of a, 'Hey, we found it, let's fix it.'"

Ruiz, a USC recruit, batted .455 as a junior with three homers and 35 RBIs. He also participated in the Area Code Baseball Games last summer.
Jon Mahoney is a football and baseball editor for ESPNHS. Email him at jon.mahoney@espn.com.

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