"Um," he said, "I don't know off hand."
The intention was for Ruf to spend 10 days at triple-A Lehigh Valley to accumulate at-bats. He chased a fly ball into foul territory and slid into the wall. The diagnosis was a sprained left wrist and bruised right knee. There is no timetable for his return.
"The timing wasn't ideal at all because, hopefully, Ruf was on his way [to] coming back after some at-bats down there," Sandberg said. "That's a tough break for everybody."
The IronPigs started Cameron Perkins, Leandro Castro, and Steve Susdorf in their outfield Wednesday. Perkins, 23, was promoted Tuesday to triple A. The former sixth-round pick batted .342 at double-A Reading with an Eastern League-leading 19 doubles. Castro and Susdorf were signed as minor-league free agents for organizational depth.
There are four minor-league outfielders on the Phillies' 40-man roster. None is close to the majors. Kelly Dugan and Zach Collier are injured. Dugan cannot stay healthy; Collier has not impressed with his bat. Tyson Gillies, 25, has a .585 OPS at Lehigh Valley. Aaron Altherr has hit even worse at Reading - a hitter's park - with a .541 OPS.
That lack of depth forced the Phillies to retain John Mayberry Jr. His bench mate, Tony Gwynn Jr., has two extra-base hits in 94 plate appearances.
Ethan Martin returned Tuesday because of a need, not because his shoulder has totally recovered from inflammation in the spring. The 24-year-old righthander has no pain, but his fastball velocity has yet to rebound.
"It's gotten better every outing," Martin said. "They said it is going to take a little bit of time."
Martin's average fastball velocity was 95 m.p.h. in his final relief appearance in September, according to PITCHf/x data. It averaged 93 m.p.h. during two scoreless innings Tuesday. Washington hitters swung and missed at three of Martin's 32 pitches.
"Looks to me like there is still a little bit of buildup with some reps and innings," Sandberg said. "I see that increasing."
Cliff Lee (elbow) was not cleared to throw a baseball. He has not done that since May 19. . . . Lefthander Jeremy Horst cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was designated for assignment last week.