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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ruf went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the Phillies' win over the Padres on Wednesday.

Ruf is hitting .247/.323/.407 with three home runs in 81 at-bats. The Phillies are scheduled to face lefties in each of their next four games which should keep Ruf in the lineup through the weekend.

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Ruf is starting in left field Wednesday and batting sixth, CSN Philly reports.

Ruf is making his sixth start this month and has carved out some playing time of late against left-handed pitchers. He has reached base in nine of his last 14 plate appearances and has hit .360 against lefties.

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Ruf, who has played sporadically of late, said he is doing what he can to be ready to produce when he gets an opportunity, CSN Philly reports. "I'm just doing what other guys do in my position," he said. "I'm getting in the cage as much as possible and getting in the weight room to keep my body fresh. Just swinging the bat in BP and trying to keep my swing as consistent as possible."

Ruf has made consecutive starts just once since July 25. He has hit .231/.382/.385 with a home run since he was recalled from the minors on July 22. He will continue to find playing time hard to come by given the Phillies' crowded outfield.

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Ruf is no longer being used in a platoon with Ryan Howard at first base, the Phillies' official site reports.

Howard has started 9 of the last 10 games, including a couple starts against left-handed pitchers. Ruf's roster spot may be in jeopardy when John Mayberry Jr. is ready to return from the disabled list this month. Until then, he should see some occasional starts in left field.

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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 CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that club officials are considering releasing Howard -- who's still owed over $60 million guaranteed -- after this season.

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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.

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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 and option for the Phillies' bench when there's a need.