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Friday, May 16, 2014

Phillies activate Darin Ruf, send him to Triple-A

By on 5/16/2014 11:45:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled to a 17-21 start, last in the National League East.  One of the problems is an offense that ranks 27th in the league in runs scored. They have gotten very little production off the bench, particularly from the right side of the plate. Hopes are that Darin Ruf will be able to provide some punch off the bench, but he will need some time at Triple-A to get his timing back after suffering an oblique injury.

As reported by Corey Seidman of, Ruf was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  I reported on May 8 that Ruf began a rehab assignment with Class-A Clearwater. Ruf has played in just six minor-league games, going 5 for 22 with five singles, three RBIs, two walks and five strikeouts. Although the Phillies have just two home runs in 208 at bats from their bench, Ruf knows he's not ready to return to the Phillies.
"I need to get some at-bats. I missed out on six, seven weeks, probably 80-some at-bats that these guys had already. So I need to make the most of every time I get to play."
Ruf was drafted in the 20th round of the 2009 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut in 2012 and batted .333 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 33 at bats. Ruf batted .247 with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 73 games last season, but he also struck out 91 times. He is a career .257 hitter with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 85 games.

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