Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:44:39 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. is not a lock for the roster, and the team can release him with 16 days left in spring training and pay him just one-sixth ($265,000) of his $1.59 million salary. Mayberry's biggest competition for a roster spot appears to be 1B/OF Darin Ruf.
Sat, 08 Feb 2014 19:43:29 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf faces doubters on where he fits on the 25-man roster, but beat writer Matt Gelb feels that unless Ruf has a disastrous spring he will make the roster. "I like him at first base depending on how things go. If we need a right-handed bat against left-handed pitching, we have the lineup for that. That could be Ruf in left field. He could be at first base," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Ruf's ability to get on base will also help his chances, as the team drew fewer walks than any Phillies team in the past 50 years. However, Ruf drew a walk in 11.3 percent of his plate appearances. The next closest position player was SS Jimmy Rollins at 8.9 percent.
Tue, 04 Feb 2014 00:32:34 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies OF Darin Ruf may be in danger of not making the team unless the club plans to use OF Marlon Byrd as a backup in center field. MLB.com writer Todd Zolecki speculates Ruf may be out of luck if the club chooses to carry 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:13:07 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (knee) remains sidelined, as a result of the team trading INF Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers. INF Kevin Frandsen and 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. are also capable of playing the position. Minor league 3B Maikel Franco, who has recently started playing first base, remains a long-shot to be called up this season.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:26:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) hasn't started swinging a bat, and the club is uncertain if he will play again this season. "I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "If he's 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it's possible. But there's no reason to rush him back." Howard has lost "15 to 20 pounds," too.
Fantasy Tip: Darin Ruf's playing time for the rest of the season appears to be safe. He can also play in the outfield now that Delmon Young is no longer on the roster.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:01:36 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Delmon Young for assignment Friday, Aug. 9. Young had a slash line of .261/.302/.397 this year.
Fantasy Tip: Darin Ruf will get playing time at first base until Ryan Howard (knee) returns, but he'll find a spot in the outfield after that. John Mayberry Jr. and Casper Wells will both have short-term value in outfield spots as part-time players the rest of the way, too.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:30:49 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Laynce Nix for assignment Tuesday, Aug. 6. OF Darin Ruf is playing right field for the first time in his career Tuesday with OF Domonic Brown (concussion) back from the disabled list. Nix was hitting .211 with a .601 OPS in 151 games for the Phillies.
Fantasy Tip: Ruf will continue to see playing time as long as Ryan Howard is on the disabled list, so continue to ride him in all formats.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:44:40 -0700
Entering play Sunday, Aug. 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games. He went 1-for-4 with a walk against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Aug. 3.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:25:16 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (concussion) is "at least a week" away from returning from the disabled list. "Depending on how long he's going to be out, he'll probably have to go through rehab, maybe a game or two. Once he's healthy and ready to go, we'll bring him back…I think he'll be back maybe in a week or so," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Fantasy Tip: For now, Darin Ruf can be shifted to left while Michael Young starts at first. Cody Asche, a top prospect who was recalled yesterday, should see plenty of starts at third base. Asche is expected to find playing time when Brown returns, too, although it won't be as frequent.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:32:30 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is dealing with a tear to his meniscus that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Howard will need to undergo surgery.
Fantasy Tip: This is a big blow to the Phillies and Howard owners. In the meantime, Darin Ruf isn't a bad pickup, especially in leagues that count on-base percentage.