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Darin Ruf | First Baseman | #13

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 248
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Creighton
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Dodgers released 1B/OF Darin Ruf.
This move had already been in the works as Ruf signed a deal with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization. His release created a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently re-signed Chase Utley. Sat, Feb 18, 2017 12:30:00 PM

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Yonhap News Agency reports that Darin Ruf has signed a $1.1 million contract with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Ruf was acquired by the Dodgers from the Phillies in the Howie Kendrick deal over the offseason, but they've let him head overseas for a nice little raise. The Dodgers' signing of Franklin Gutierrez lessened their need to have a lefty masher like Ruf.
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 08:15:00 AM

Dodgers acquired 1B/OF Darin Ruf and IF/OF Darnell Sweeney from the Phillies in exchange for 2B/OF Howie Kendrick.

Ruf is a career .245/.323/.445 hitter at the major league level, but he sports a .299/.379/.542 line against left-handed pitching. He could carve out an outfield platoon role with the Dodgers while also seeing the occasional start at first base.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 01:13:00 AM

Phillies recalled 1B/OF Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruf has fumbled away his chances at the big league level, getting passed on the first base depth chart by Tommy Joseph. He'll serve mainly as a pinch-hitter against lefties in September.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:14:00 PM

Phillies optioned 1B/OF Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruf has failed to produce as right-handed platoon mate at first base with Ryan Howard, batting an ugly .158/.206/.193. Tommy Joseph has taken his spot on the roster.
Fri, May 13, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Darin Ruf had a double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Indians.

The double was Ruf's first extra-base hit since April 17. It's been that kind of year for the 29-year-old, who's hitting just .206 with a .521 OPS to date. He's still without a homer after hitting 12 last season.
Sat, Apr 30, 2016 10:30:00 PM

Manager Pete Mackanin said he's looking to shake up the Phillies' outfield.

"In the short term, if we don't show improvement, we'll probably make a change," said Mackanin. "We have to either get those guys going or do something." Mackanin started Darin Ruf in left field Saturday to give the team an "infusion on offense" though he's too much of a liability defensively to get regular playing time there. Veterans Will Venable and David Lough, who are both with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, could also be in the mix at some point. A decision on Venable will have to be made in the near future because his contract includes a May 1 opt-out clause.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 11:47:00 PM

Darin Ruf has returned to the Phillies starting lineup for Saturday's game against Max Scherzer and the Nationals.

Not the optimum situation to return to, but it's encouraging to see him back in the fold after missing most of the week with a bruised left shoulder. Ruf is starting in left field and batting fifth.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Darin Ruf (shoulder) appeared as a pinch hitter on Friday, flying out in his one at-bat in a losing effort against the Nationals.

Ruf had sat out the previous four games due to a bruised left shoulder. It seems safe to anticipate him back in the lineup in place of Ryan Howard the next time the club faces a left-hander.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Darin Ruf (shoulder) is sitting again Thursday.

Ruf has been sidelined all week with a bruised left shoulder, but it's not believed to be a serious issue and the Phillies are still calling him day-to-day. Ryan Howard is starting at first base and batting fourth Thursday afternoon versus Padres lefty Drew Pomeranz.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Darin Ruf (shoulder) is out again Wednesday.

Ruf has a contusion on his left shoulder and is considered day-to-day. Ryan Howard was going to start at first base either way against Padres right-hander Colin Rea.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Darin Ruf has a contusion on his left shoulder.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said it's nothing serious, but Ruf did have to sit out Tuesday versus the Padres with Ryan Howard drawing the start against a left-hander. Ruf, 1-for-7 to open the season, is considered day-to-day.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 10:21:00 PM

Darin Ruf is out of the Phillies' starting lineup Tuesday because of a sore left shoulder.

San Diego is throwing left-hander Robbie Erlin and Ruf is supposed to start against most left-handers this year. Instead left-handed hitter Ryan Howard will get the nod at first base and bat fourth for the host Phils.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said after Friday's game that Darin Ruf will begin taking fly balls in left field on Saturday.

Mackanin had said previously that Ruf would no longer play the outfield, but the skipper has already grown frustrated with his poor offense. Ruf could provide a little boost against left-handed pitching but is a poor bet versus righties.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 04:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

1B1Darin Ruf
3B1Adonis Garcia
CF1Jared Hoying
Starting Pitcher
S1Anthony Ranaudo
2Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
R1Arquimedes Caminero
2Wei-Chung Wang
3Spencer Patton
4Phil Klein
5Leonel Campos
6Lisalverto Bonilla
7Matt Carasiti