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On second thought, Phillies find Darin Ruf has broken wrist

Jun 12, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Two weeks ago the Phillies demoted Darin Ruf to Triple-A and he won’t be back in Philadelphia anytime soon, as Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder has a broken bone in his left wrist.

The injury stems from a collision with the outfield wall on June 2, but the initial diagnosis did not find any fractures. Apparently a follow-up exam saw something different, so now Ruf is out for … well, actually the Phillies haven’t given an official recovery timetable yet. Lawrence speculates that Ruf will be sidelined for at least a month and that’s just until he can get back into the Triple-A lineup.

Ruf has hit well in the majors, smacking 18 homers with an .830 OPS in 92 games for the Phillies, but with Ryan Howard entrenched at first base there isn’t much room for him unless they want to take a big hit defensively. He’s too good offensively to deserve being stuck at Triple-A, but for now that’s a moot point.

  1. sdelmonte - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I guess the Phils are so in the red on those bad contracts that they can’t afford x-ray machines.

  2. georgewashingtonsghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    So is the DL stint retroactive? If he broke his wrist playing for the Phillies, they send him down and put him on the AAA DL, can they? There has to be something in the bargaining agreement about that.

    • prostock75 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      He broke in one of his first games back at AAA, not in the majors

  3. georgewashingtonsghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Sorry, it should read, “…they can’t send him down and put him on the AAA DL, can they?”

  4. georgewashingtonsghost - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Oh okay. Thanks for the clarification.

  5. yahmule - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Geez. This guy has really bad luck. I keep hoping Philly will trade him since Amaro never has anything good to say about him anyway.

  6. tubbman27 - Jun 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Toot scootin boogie

  7. mungman69 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    The guy can’t catch a break.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:39 PM

      On the contrary, that break in his wrist is precisely the problem.

  8. tuberippin - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    For both my Phils and for Darin Ruf, this has been a lost year.

  9. courtjester1234 - Jun 13, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    Why was he playing in Right and Brown in Left last year? Ruf should be up here playing left and Brown playing Right… In AAA. I feel sorry for some of you younger Philly Phans. As an old guy I have leaned to appreciate the good time and expect the worst. It’s kinda like avoiding the inevidable disappointment

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