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Phillies' Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Ethan Martin and Darin Ruf improving

By on 5/01/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies finished April with a 13-13 record, fourth in the National League East. After a rain out last night, the Phillies will have had two days off before opening a weekend series against the Washington Nationals. On the injury front, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Darin Ruf and Ethan Martin are all improving. Gonzalez has a lengthy rehab process ahead of him, but Martin and Ruf could be ready to help the Phillies soon.

As reported by Austin Laymance of, Gonzalez threw to hitters on Sunday as he builds up arm strength after suffering from tendonitis in his right shoulder. Ruf has been taking batting practice and will play in extended spring training games in a few days. He will then split time between first base and left field when he begins a rehab assignment. Martin has started pitching in extended spring training as he recovers from a strained right shoulder.

Gonzalez pitched for the Cuban National Series from 2007-2009. He defected from Cuba to El Salvador last year before moving to Mexico. The Phillies signed Gonzalez to a three-year contract  worth $12 million on August 30 of last year.

When Ruf is ready to be activated, he may end up in Triple-A. The Phillies appear to be set with their outfield of Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd with John Mayberry Jr. and Tony Gwynn Jr. as the fourth and fifth outfielders.

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.

Martin was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008. He made his Major League debut with the Phillies last season and finished the season with a 2-5 record and 6.08 ERA in 40 innings pitched. When he returns, he is expected to pitch out of the bullpen.

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