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Darin Ruf out four to six weeks with strained oblique

Mar 21, 2014, 10:15 PM EST

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MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain and will be out four to six weeks as a result. Ruf suffered the injury taking a swing during batting practice.

Ruf was competing for a roster spot as a back-up outfielder and first baseman. However, he wasn’t having a great spring, slashing .217/.308/.391 in 46 Grapefruit League at-bats. There was a chance he was going to start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley so that he could get regular playing time, but that is now an issue the Phillies won’t have to deal with until May, it appears. In Ruf’s absence, the Phillies could choose to add non-roster invitees Bobby Abreu and/or Tony Gwynn, Jr.

Ruf impressed in his first lengthy stint in the Majors last season, posting an .806 OPS with 14 home runs in 251 trips to the plate. Unfortunately, he is roadblocked at first base by Ryan Howard and in both outfield corners by Domonic Brown and Marlon Byrd.

  1. jrbdmb - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Ruben’s plan (we’ll be great as long as we stay healthy) is certainly starting out well isn’t it? Even the kids (Ruf, Galvis) can’t stay on the field, what’s going to happen when the vets inevitably start falling apart?

    • biasedhomer - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Amaro will un-retire and join the team.

    • greymares - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      kids? Ruf is 28 yrs.old

  2. scotttheskeptic - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Am I the only one who sees divine (the baseball gods) intervention here?

  3. shutdownespn - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    Wow, that’s Ruf.

  4. fissels - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Could be a long season in Philly

  5. Old Gator - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Meh. A strained oblique is sooooo 2013.

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