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Darin Ruf | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 248
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Darin Ruf went 1-for-2 with a pinch-hit solo home run in a 10-inning loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
Ruf entered the afternoon hitless in 13 plate appearances to begin the season. He pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving a no-doubt solo home run to left field off of Xavier Cedeno. Ruf excels against left-handed pitching but he's fighting for playing time in the outfield with fellow right-hander Jeff Francoeur and first base is currently occupied full-time by Ryan Howard, so Ruf carries no fantasy appeal whatsoever. Apr 12 - 5:04 PM

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Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double as the Phillies topped the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday.

Ruf needed this after entering the day with a .189/.250/.297 line in 37 at-bats. Still, he might be Triple-A bound regardless. The Phillies aren't likely to platoon Ryan Howard when they still have hope of trading him, and there probably won't be much outfield time available for Ruf unless maybe Domonic Brown lands on the disabled list. It's too bad for Ruf that, even at age 28, he still has options left and thus can't force the Phillies' hand.
Mar 24 - 5:18 PM

Darin Ruf clubbed his third home run of the season in Tuesday's win against the Nationals.

Ruf, getting the start at first base against a left-handed starter, finished the night 2-for-3. Manager Ryne Sandberg has found it difficult to find Ruf playing time, especially at first base given Ryan Howard's presence, so his status is rather murky at this moment. In 64 plate appearances this season, he's slashing .250/.365/.481 with five RBI.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 09:51:00 PM

Darin Ruf is getting a second straight start at first base on Thursday afternoon against the Giants.

Ryan Howard will again take a seat. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that he wants to see what Ruf can do with regular playing time, and there was a report from's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 09:20:00 AM

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

Ruf went 1-for-10 with four strikeouts in a short stint with the Phillies earlier this season. He'll act as depth at first base and both corner outfield spots.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 04:49:00 PM

Darin Ruf (wrist) returned to game action with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Monday.

Ruf has been out of action since early June with a small fracture in his left wrist. He should return to Triple-A Lehigh Valley soon and be an option for the Phillies' bench when there's a need.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 09:39:00 AM

Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a small fracture in his left wrist.

The fracture is not a new injury -- he suffered it in a collision with the outfield wall June 3 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley -- but initial tests did not reveal it. Ruf also banged his knee and remains out indefinitely.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Darin Ruf (wrist, knee) will remain shut down from baseball activities until sometime next week at the earliest.

Ruf still has some swelling and a lack of range of motion in his right knee as a result of a collision with the outfield wall on Tuesday. He'll be re-evaluated on Monday before the next step for him is determined.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Darin Ruf has been placed on the Triple-A Lehigh Valley disabled list with a left wrist and right knee injury.

Ruf suffered the injuries when he slid into a wall while trying to chase down a foul ball. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, but obviously he won't be an option for the Phillies for a while.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 01:15:00 PM

Darin Ruf left Tuesday's game at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a left wrist sprain and right knee laceration.

Ruf suffered the injury when he slid into a wall while trying to chase down a foul ball. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined, as he's likely to undergo further tests.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 07:57:00 PM

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

Manager Ryne Sandberg was saying just a couple days ago that Ruf had a shot to play himself into a platoon at first base, but he's now back in the minors after receiving just 11 plate appearances. He should be back later this season.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg indicated Tuesday that Darin Ruf could play his way into a platoon at first base with Ryan Howard.

"Yeah, if it happens to work," Sandberg said of a platoon. "It's an opportunity to have a lineup like that and if it produces that becomes an opportunity and possibility going forward, just to possibly to get some consistency with the offense against right-handed and left-handed pitching." Howard is hitting just .182 against left-handers over the last three seasons, so finding a platoon mate for him would be wise. Ruf started against left Jorge De La Rosa on Tuesday and hit a solo homer.
Wed, May 28, 2014 10:02:00 AM

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

Ruf began the season on the disabled list with an oblique strain and was eventually optioned to Lehigh Valley last week after completing a rehab assignment. He's hit .261/.314/.391 with one homer in 12 minor league games this season and will give the Phils an option at first base and the corner outfield spots against left-handed pitching.
Wed, May 21, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Phillies activated OF Darin Ruf from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruf is healed from his spring oblique strain, but the Phillies want him to get more at-bats against minor league competition. The 27-year-old is 2-for-10 in three games since joining Lehigh Valley earlier this week.
Thu, May 15, 2014 02:07:00 PM

Darin Ruf (oblique) has shifted his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruf was 3-for-12 with two RBI in three rehab games at High-A Clearwater. He is fully recovered from his left oblique strain and the Philly bench could use a boost, so the .257/.348/.489 career hitter might be activated soon.
Mon, May 12, 2014 09:36:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Cody Asche
2Cesar Hernandez
LF1Ben Revere
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Cole Hamels
2Aaron Harang
3Jerome Williams
4David Buchanan
5Chad Billingsley
6Sean O'Sullivan
7Dustin McGowan
8Cliff Lee
9Jonathan Pettibone
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Ken Giles
3Jake Diekman
4Justin De Fratus
5Jeanmar Gomez
6Mario Hollands
7Hector Neris
8Luis Garcia