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Phillies | Darin Ruf sent to minors

The Philadelphia Phillies have optioned OF Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will play left field at least five days a week but will also see occasional playing time at first base as insurance for 1B Ryan Howard. "He's getting better in left field. He's improved," general manager Ruben Amaro said. "But he's got work to do to be an everyday left fielder in the big leagues. I think he's going to be an adequate left fielder at some point. But he's only played a month of pro ball at the position and needs experience. In our situation, where defense is important, it's tough for us to get him that experience here. He needs reps."

2013-03-23 11:18:47 | Source: CSNPhilly.com - Jim Salisbury

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