Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:13:07 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (knee) remains sidelined, as a result of the team trading INF Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers. INF Kevin Frandsen and 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. are also capable of playing the position. Minor league 3B Maikel Franco, who has recently started playing first base, remains a long-shot to be called up this season.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:26:49 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) hasn't started swinging a bat, and the club is uncertain if he will play again this season. "I have no idea when or if he is going to be back this year," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "If he's 100 percent and doing baseball activities, it's possible. But there's no reason to rush him back." Howard has lost "15 to 20 pounds," too.
Fantasy Tip: Darin Ruf's playing time for the rest of the season appears to be safe. He can also play in the outfield now that Delmon Young is no longer on the roster.
Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:01:36 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Delmon Young for assignment Friday, Aug. 9. Young had a slash line of .261/.302/.397 this year.
Fantasy Tip: Darin Ruf will get playing time at first base until Ryan Howard (knee) returns, but he'll find a spot in the outfield after that. John Mayberry Jr. and Casper Wells will both have short-term value in outfield spots as part-time players the rest of the way, too.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:30:49 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies designated OF Laynce Nix for assignment Tuesday, Aug. 6. OF Darin Ruf is playing right field for the first time in his career Tuesday with OF Domonic Brown (concussion) back from the disabled list. Nix was hitting .211 with a .601 OPS in 151 games for the Phillies.
Fantasy Tip: Ruf will continue to see playing time as long as Ryan Howard is on the disabled list, so continue to ride him in all formats.
Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:44:40 -0700
Entering play Sunday, Aug. 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games. He went 1-for-4 with a walk against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Aug. 3.
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:25:16 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (concussion) is "at least a week" away from returning from the disabled list. "Depending on how long he's going to be out, he'll probably have to go through rehab, maybe a game or two. Once he's healthy and ready to go, we'll bring him back…I think he'll be back maybe in a week or so," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Fantasy Tip: For now, Darin Ruf can be shifted to left while Michael Young starts at first. Cody Asche, a top prospect who was recalled yesterday, should see plenty of starts at third base. Asche is expected to find playing time when Brown returns, too, although it won't be as frequent.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:32:30 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (knee) is dealing with a tear to his meniscus that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Howard will need to undergo surgery.
Fantasy Tip: This is a big blow to the Phillies and Howard owners. In the meantime, Darin Ruf isn't a bad pickup, especially in leagues that count on-base percentage.
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 23:41:45 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies will use 1B Darin Ruf most often in the absence of 1B Ryan Howard (knee), who was placed on the disabled list Saturday, July 6, and could miss some time due to a knee injury.
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:42:28 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 1B Ryan Howard (knee) on the 15-day disabled list because of left knee inflammation. In a corresponding move, 1B/OF Darin Ruf has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and he will join the team Monday, July 8.
Fantasy Tip: Ruf is expected to get the bulk of the starts at first base in Howard's absence, although John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix also stand to see increased playing time. Howard was batting .266 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs through 80 games - a far cry from the power numbers he posted between 2006 and 2009, when he mashed 198 homers.
Fri, 24 May 2013 20:05:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Darin Ruf (hand) is nursing a sore hand while playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Fantasy Tip: INF Michael Martinez was called up to the big club, and this injury, along with a recent slump is the reason Ruf was passed over for promotion. He is still part of the team's future plans.