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Phillies place Ryan Howard on DL, recall Darin Ruf

Jul 6, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

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Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, dealing with an ailing knee for quite some time, has at long last been placed on the disabled list. To fill his vacant space on the 25-man roster, the Phillies have recalled Darin Ruf from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Both pieces of news come via Matt Gelb on Twitter. Ruf is expected to join the team at some point during the game tonight, and as a result, Laynce Nix will get the start at first base tonight against Braves starter Tim Hudson.

Howard hit a home run yesterday but was visibly struggling to move, both while circling the bases and while playing at first base and it has been an ongoing problem all season long. Nevertheless, he has hit well at times and is overall comfortably above the league average with a .784 OPS.

Ruf, after leading the Eastern League (Double-A) with 38 home runs last season, has struggled for most of the 2013 season in Triple-A. He has hit just seven home runs and posted a .752 OPS. His last home run came on June 19 against the Toledo Mud Hens.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    *Gasp* The Phillies making a rationale injury decision? Can it be so?

  2. giantssb42champs - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Thank God for guaranteed contracts, Ryan Howard.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Is that you, Bobby Bonilla?

  3. 3 Finger Lenny - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Nose is on the DL. Bout time

    • tuberippin - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Not sure if stupid or borderline racist….let’s go with stupid.

  4. heyblueyoustink - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Well, RAJ, you wanted him to address his performance on the field?

    There you go.

    So who’s your next whipping post, the ball girls? The Phanatic? Maybe fire another hitting coach?

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      No, it’ll be you because he thinks you’re a sniveling troll (His words, not mine)

  5. anthonyverna - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I guess Ryan Howard isn’t going to improve so quickly on the field.

  6. phillyreese215 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Howard should of been on the DL weeks ago, it’s the stubbornness of charlie and ruben they got them in this mess the last two season. they wait too long to address these issues. terrible roster management. galvis should of been in the minors all season if they knew he wasn’t going to get enough at bats. and ruf should of been at 1B when it was clear howard wasn’t 100% in may. SMH

  7. retsfdemo - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Maybe if Howard would lose at least 25lbs that might help his knees….speed..hitting…He looks like such a Slug!! Such a waste of 125 million ….He’s pathetic!!

  8. kahunanc - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    The Big Load finally gets to heal and maybe the Phillies get him in shape and see if anything is left in the tank. He went downhill faster than most and being in top condition would have allowed him to age gracefully.

  9. jaymn38 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    As every Phillies fan smiles!

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