Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 6 days ago

Ruf went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Ruf pinch hit for starter Sean O'Sullivan and then stayed in the game at first base. Playing time will be inconsistent for Ruf with the Phillies' current roster structure, but he should be able to carve out a decent number of at-bats between first base and left field this season.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 1 week ago

Ruf will get another start in left field Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence reports.

This is his second straight start in left, as Ben Revere has been getting the starts in center field. The Phillies' outfield, save Revere, is both mediocre and unpredictable, and not an ideal place to look for fantasy contributors.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 2 weeks ago

Ruf will start in left field Wednesday against the Red Sox, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Ruf will receive the start after sitting for each of the first two games. While he only remains a candidate to receive playing time in left field, he's not considered part of the everyday lineup at this point. With Domonic Brown set to return at some point in April, uncertainty remains about who will remain on the roster when he rejoins the club.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 3 weeks ago

Manager Ryne Sandberg said Ruf is not currently a candidate for playing time in right field, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

The Phillies have an opening with Domonic Brown landing on the disabled list at the start of the season. The team could use Ruf's power potential in the lineup, but his defensive skills in the outfield are the concern. He will see occasional starts at first base and possibly some time in left field if he earns a roster spot as expected.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 3 weeks ago

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Ruf is not a lock to open the season with the Phillies, but also said having him playing in Triple-A is not ideal, the team's official site reports.

Ruf is one of the only right-handed power bats in camp with the Phillies, making it likely he opens the season in the majors. How much he will play remains to be seen as the Phillies have shifted Ben Revere to left field and Ryan Howard remains at first base, leaving only spot starts available for Ruf at the moment.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 4 weeks ago

Ruf remains a strong candidate for a roster spot despite a slow start to the spring, the Phillies' official site reports.

Ruf started out 5-for-29 this spring, but has gotten hot of late. He is 5-for-13 with a double and two home runs in his last five games. The Phillies project to have a lefty-heavy starting lineup which makes Ruf, a righty, a likely candidate for a bench spot. He should see time in left field and at first base this season. How much playing time he will get remains unclear.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 1 month ago

Ruf went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the spring in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Ruf is off to a slow start this spring with just five hits in 29 at-bats. He is expected to platoon with Grady Sizemore and Odubel Herrera in left field this season.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 2 months ago

Ruf has arrived early to spring training to continue working on his transition to the outfield, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.Ruf, a first baseman through most of his career, has played 140 games in the outfield the past two seasons in the majors and minors. It looks like he will be given a shot to platoon with Grady Sizemore in left field this season. There is some power potential here if Ruf can keep his bat in the lineup on a semi-regular basis.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 5 months ago

Ruf has been sent home from winter ball, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports.

GM Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't mention any specific injury to Ruf, saying only that the 28-year-old struggled to get going after being hit by a pitch. Ruf hit .235/.310/.402 with three homers in 52 games with the major league team in 2014, with a dismal .146/.167/.220 batting line against right-handed pitching, so his upside for 2015 seems to be that of a short-end platoon player.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 7 months ago

Ruf is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Ruf is out of the lineup for the first time in five games, and he's played in every contest since September 6. Ryan Howard will play first base and bat cleanup against Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez.