Darin Ruf 1B/LF/DH PHI 2 months ago

Ruf was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.

The move corresponds to Chase Utley (ankle inflammation) being placed on the 15-day DL. Ruf probably won't see much playing time with the big league club, but he could see a couple starts in left field each week while occasionally filling in at first base. He hit just .235 with three home runs in 111 plate appearances with the Phillies earlier this season before being sent to Triple-A.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF/DH PHI 3 months ago

Ruf was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.

The move corresponds with Domonic Brown getting recalled, so the Phillies are just shuffling some underwhelming outfielders, although Brown offers more upside than Ruf. It would not be surprising to see Ruf back with the Phillies later this season if someone on the big league roster is hurt or struggling.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF/DH PHI 3 months ago

Ruf had a pinch-hit single to drive in the winning run for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Reds.

Ruf was the hero Tuesday, but he hasn't played that role for fantasy owners. His at-bat Tuesday was just his fourth plate appearance since May 24. His playing time will remain limited with Cody Asche starting in left and Ryan Howard entrenched at first base. Ruf's chances for increased playing time this season will be tied to the Phillies' ability to move Howard by the trade deadline.

Darin Ruf 1B/LF/DH PHI 4 months 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/DH PHI 4 months 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/DH PHI 4 months 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/DH PHI 4 months 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/DH PHI 5 months 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/DH PHI 5 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/DH PHI 5 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.