Manager Charlie Manuel said Ruf is "fine." Ruf, who said he expects to play Thursday, is 0 for 9 to start the spring.
Ruf hit a franchise-record 38 home runs last season for double-A Reading and is out to win the starting job in left field. He impressed former Phillies star Mike Schmidt recently with his composure and baseball maturity. He had two doubles in an intrasquad game on Friday.
"He needs to get a hit, and he'll be all right," Manuel said. "He's trying a little too hard."
In a 12-5 loss to the Twins on Wednesday, Phils rightfielder Domonic Brown reached base four times on a double, two walks, and an error. Centerfielder Ben Revere was 2 for 4 with a stolen base and two runs.
Chase Utley did not make the long trip, as planned. He was back in Clearwater taking batting practice with those who stayed behind. He will play Thursday, Manuel said.
Lannan looks good
Only eight starting pitchers have induced ground balls at a higher rate than John Lannan since 2008. Lannan is not an overpowering pitcher. Rarely will he miss bats. So he relies on keeping the ball down in the zone and then on the ground.
Four of his six outs Wednesday against the Twins were on the ground, which was a good sign. Lannan allowed one run in two innings during his Grapefruit League debut. A few Twins made solid contact.
"Yeah," Lannan said, "so I'm relatively happy."
Lannan has begun picking the brains of his new staff mates. He quizzed catcher Carlos Ruiz on how he'd call a game. It's all part of the adjustment to a new team.
Lannan lives in Tampa, Fla., so he threw a few bullpen sessions for pitching coach Rich Dubee at the team's facility before spring training started.
"First bullpen, he was kind of quiet," Lannan said of Dubee. "So that sort of screwed me [up] a little bit. After that, I realized he probably didn't want to say too much. Now he's getting into the role of telling me what he thinks. It's great."
Lannan said he is not tinkering with anything major this spring. He is guaranteed $2.5 million and should fill the fifth spot in the rotation barring a huge surprise.
Ryan Howard has started in all five games and will play again on Thursday. . . . Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning was in attendance for Wednesday's game.
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