September 9, 2012
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R-Phils DH/OF Darin Ruf. (David M. Schofield/The Druid’s Eye)
PHILADELPHIA — Minor League phenom Darin Ruf will get his big call to the Majors.
A week after manager Charlie Manuel said he would like to get a first-hand look at Ruf, the Phillies will call-up the 26-year-old slugger on Monday, according to Reading Eagle reporter Mike Drago.
Ruf broke the Phillies single-season Double-A marks for homers and RBIs with 38 and 104 this season. He hit .317 in the process with an OPS of 1.028.
Ruf isn’t a very good fielder, bouncing back between first base and left field when he isn’t DHing. But Ruf is a right-hander and the Phillies could use a power bat like that from the right side of the plate.
The Phillies host Miami on Monday.
The Phillies have made a move, adding a right-handed bat to their bench now.
Erik Kratz has been called up by the Phillies, meaning someone will be heading to the DL very shortly. A betting man would put his money on Jim Thome, who has been deactivated the past two games. UPDATE: Thome was placed on the DL this morning with lower back tightness.
Kratz has three home runs and a .333 average with the IronPigs this season. He will add a right-handed bat to the bench, which usually takes a blow in that area with Ty Wigginton getting a lot of playing time and John Mayberry struggling.