June 15, 2015 |
PITTSBURGH - Domonic Brown's sabbatical in the minor leagues came to a close on Saturday. The Phillies promoted the outfielder from triple-A Lehigh Valley and sent down Darin Ruf. Brown will join the team on Sunday for the series finale against the Pirates. Brown, 27, is batting .304 in 11 games this month. He hit two homers this past week, his first this season at triple A. He has not played in the majors this year. Brown injured his Achilles tendon during spring training and was optioned to the IronPigs last month after the completion of a 20-day rehab stint.
April 9, 2015 |
What's strange about Darin Ruf's precarious position with the Phillies is that the man who should understand it the most seems to have the least compassion about it. Twenty-two years ago, there was an outfielder in his late 20s who had tremendous minor-league numbers and was sure he was ready for a more expanded role in the big leagues. When it never came with the Phillies, he asked for a trade after the 1993 season and, after his wish was granted, he left town with a chip on his shoulder.
March 4, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maybe everyone is looking at this Darin Ruf outfield experiment all wrong. The lifelong first baseman is trying to play left field to improve his chances of making the major-league roster. Ruf has looked a bit rough out there, no doubt about it. He misplayed a routine base hit into a three-base gift on Thursday. On Friday, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel penciled him into the lineup as a designated hitter, just to get Ruf some at-bats without the distraction of playing the field.
March 24, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Darin Ruf's road to the big leagues took a detour Friday, but only after he showed once again why he was here in the first place. The 26-year-old slugger stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning and launched a long walk-off home run to left field, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves. As he crossed home plate, Ruf was swarmed by his teammates in what was unquestionably the best moment of his often difficult spring training.
May 12, 2013 |
Darin Ruf's transition to left field at triple-A Lehigh Valley might still be a work in progress, but listen to the men paid to evaluate his work for a living, and you'll be astonished by the progress. "The left-field play has been very good," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "It's not a concern for me. It's not a concern at all. " That's quite a different take from the one we heard seven weeks ago, when Ruf's quest to make the big-league roster out of spring training ended mostly because playing left field had been such an adventure for the 26-year-old slugger.
August 15, 2014 |
LET'S SAY you are the owner of a baseball team, and you are looking to hire a person who will be in charge of putting a quality product on the field. Call the position a general manager, call it a president of baseball ops, it doesn't really matter. The baseball buck stops with this person. If each of your interviews was limited to one question, what question would you ask? How about: What's your plan? That's what I would want to ask this person. I am looking to hire somebody who will inherit a mess.
October 1, 2015 |
WITH THE established veterans gone, injured or pushed out of the regular lineup, Phillies management has let the kids play for most of the summer and now into autumn, too. Last night, the results were encouraging in a 4-3 win over the National League East champion New York Mets. Darin Ruf hit a first-inning, three-run home run, Odubel Herrera had four hits, Dalier Hinojosa deftly escaped a jam in the sixth, and starter David Buchanan was dependable for a third straight start in the Phillies' third win in their last four games.
September 26, 2012 |
DARIN RUF spent 2 weeks checking into a major league clubhouse and earning a major league paycheck. While that's all well and good - and an upgrade from recuperating from a season at Double A Reading on his couch - Ruf kept looking at the lineups posted each afternoon and continued seeing that his name wasn't in the starting nine. That changed on Tuesday, when manager Charlie Manuel penciled the slugger into the seventh spot playing leftfield against the Washington Nationals.
March 7, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The education of Darin Ruf has stalled, and the Phillies can only hope Tuesday was the nadir. Ruf struck out three times in a 15-2 loss to the Dominican Republic. One came against Edgar Garcia, a Phillies farmhand who pitched in independent ball last season and was on loan to the Dominicans for a day. To top it off, Ruf failed to reach a catchable ball in the third inning that landed as a ground-rule double. It has been a draining two weeks both physically and mentally for Ruf. "Ruf is not the only guy to ever come to spring training and get off to a slow start," manager Charlie Manuel said.
July 5, 2013 |
DARIN RUF has faced multiple obstacles during his time with the Phillies organization. As a first baseman by trade, the 26-year-old was required to learn and play the outfield to have a chance to start someday in Philadelphia's lineup. When Ruf was acquired in the 20th round of 2009 MLB draft, some thought he could be a player who could back up first baseman Ryan Howard and pinch-hit for the Phillies. But Ruf had other ideas, and showed his potential during his breakout season with Double A Reading in 2012.