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Darin Ruf strains his oblique, is questionable to begin the season

Mar 20, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports the latest bad news from Clearwater. This about Darin Ruf:

Ruf suffered a strained left oblique while taking batting practice before the Phillies’ split-squad game in Kissimmee on Thursday afternoon. He was scratched from the lineup and will be evaluated Friday.

As Salisbury notes, this could be a big blow to him making the roster out of spring training. Ruf Ruf is fighting for a bench outfielder/backup first base job with multiple candidates like Bobby Abreu, Tony Gwynn Jr. and John Mayberry Jr.

  1. fissels - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Rub some dirt on it and get back in there

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Dirt? Oh sure, maybe for you high falutin types!

  2. felser - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Yeah, you need every benefit you can get when you are up against such stellar competition for a roster spot.

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Ruf’s chances were mediocre at best considering they have Mayberry and Fransden on guaranteed contracts. And considering RAJ covets a left handed bench bat the other reserve OF will go to Bobby Abreu or Tony Gwynn Jr. Plus going against him is he has minor league options so they can stash him at Lehigh Valley until a need for him arises in their eyes.

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