Phillies' Ruf has wrist fracture

Posted: June 13, 2014

A WEEK AFTER the Phillies said Darin Ruf did not suffer any breaks or fractures in his right knee or left wrist following an incident in which he ran into an outfield wall at Triple A Lehigh Valley on June 2, the diagnosis on the slugging first baseman/outfielder has changed.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday afternoon that Ruf has a small fracture in his left wrist. Amaro said through a Phillies representative that it does not change the timetable on Ruf's eventual return.

But . . . there never was a timetable on Ruf's return. The last update on Ruf came a week ago in Cincinnati, when assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said there was still swelling in Ruf's right knee and that he wouldn't be re-examined again until Monday.

When asked how that exam went on Tuesday, Ryne Sandberg did not have an update on Ruf's status. But with the news that Ruf has a broken bone in his left hand, it's unlikely he will be playing games for another month.

Ruf, who turns 28 next month, has been limited to 62 plate appearances this season between the major and minor leagues. He began the season on the DL with an oblique strain. He didn't play in his first game with the Phillies until May 21.

The latest development in Ruf's injury-plagued 2014 is not a good one for a Phillies team desperate for more production from its outfield. Domonic Brown, an All-Star last season, is hitting .213 with 13 extra-base hits in 62 games.

Brown's .575 OPS ranks 163rd of the 167 major league players who qualify. Among major league outfielders, Brown's OPS ranks 61st of 61 players and his .311 slugging percentage ranks 59th, six slots below teammate Ben Revere (.348 SLG, 53rd).

If healthy, Ruf could have been an alternative in leftfield for Brown. Ruf hit .247 with 14 home runs and an .806 OPS in 73 games with the Phillies last season.

John Mayberry Jr., who had three hits including a home run in yesterday's 7-3 win over San Diego, could be another alternative in leftfield to Brown.

Ready for Rollins

When Jimmy Rollins collects his next hit, the game will be stopped and the ball will be taken off the field. Perhaps this Sunday, he'll have it signed by the only other player in franchise history with the same number of hits.

Rollins' first-inning RBI single yesterday afternoon was his 2,233rd career hit. He is one hit shy of tying Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the Phillies' franchise hit record, and two away from breaking the mark.

Schmidt has held the record for 25 years - he passed Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn on April 20, 1989.

"He's on the doorstep of a remarkable feat," Sandberg said. "Guys are well aware of it. He's having some good at-bats, using the whole field. That's the right direction to get the job done."

Hewitt released

Anthony Hewitt has been released, the Class A Clearwater Threshers announced yesterday afternoon.

Hewitt, 25, was the Phillies' first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2008 draft. He batted .223 with a .634 OPS in 595 games.

Hewitt, a high school shortstop out of Salisbury Prep (Conn.) who the Phillies hoped to convert to a power-hitting third baseman before moving him to the outfield, was recently demoted to Clearwater from Double A Reading.

He hit .244 with 16 home runs at Reading in 2013, but also struck out 134 times in 116 games. He racked up 763 strikeouts in 2,172 minor league at-bats with the Phillies in the last 7 years.

Phillers

Antonio Bastardo threw a perfect seventh inning yesterday. He has retired 12 straight batters in his last three appearances, with four strikeouts and no walks in four innings. Bastardo hasn't allowed a run in 11 of his last 12 appearances . . . Chase Utley has hit safely in 25 of his last 31 games and has reached base in 27 of those 31 games. Following yesterday's game, Utley ranked fifth in the NL in hitting (.314) and 13th in both OBP (.373) and OPS (.863) . . . The Phillies are going back to the 1960s this weekend with their latest edition of "Retro Weekend." Phillies and Cubs players will wear throwback uniforms from the 1964 season for all three games of the series. Hall of Famer Jim Bunning will throw the ceremonial first pitch prior to Sunday's series finale. Bunning threw a perfect game on Father's Day 50 years ago.


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