Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 2 weeks ago

Ruf is out of the lineup Thursday, the Morning Call's Stephen Gross reports.

Grady Sizemore and Ben Revere will start in the outfield corners, so Ruff gets the day off. His playing time has become more uneven lately, as he will be out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 2 weeks ago

Ruf is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates, Stephen Gross of The Morning Call reports.

After starting each of the previous six games, Ruf is now out of the lineup for a second straight contest. Jeff Francoeur and Ben Revere will flank Obdul Herrera in the Phillies' outfield Tuesday night.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 2 weeks ago

Ruf is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

After six straight starts, Ruf gets the night off. He's hit for a .191/.243/.338 slash line this season while splitting time between left field and first base. He's been particularly poor against righties, hitting just .140 with 15 strikeouts this season, so a day off against the right-handed Gerrit Cole makes sense.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 3 weeks ago

Ruf will start his sixth straight game Sunday against the Mets, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

Ruf was initially projected to serve primarily as a platoon mate for Ryan Howard at first base, but he's starting to become a lineup regular in left field, where he's effectively displaced the aging duo of Grady Sizmore and Jeff Francoeur. While Ruf's contact issues likely won't allow his batting average to rise much higher than its current .203 mark, the power he's capable of providing at least makes him worth a look in NL-only formats.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF PHI 1 month 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 2 months 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 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.