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Darin Ruf Thought Juan Samuel Was Joking About Playing RF Tonight

Aug 6, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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Good news – well, maybe just news: Domonic Brown has been activated and returns to the Phillies’ lineup on Tuesday night for the first time sustaining a concussion on July 23. Due to Dom’s return, Darin Ruf’s reign of terror in left field will now end.

Ruf’s reign of terror in right field on the other hand, that is only just beginning.

The converted first baseman will make his first professional appearance ever in right when the Phils host the Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Your read that correctly. Ruf has never played right in the minors, not during spring training, and certainly not in the big leagues. Oh, yeah, this can’t possibly go wrong.

For the 27-year-old’s part, he apparently thought Juan Samuel was kidding when the first base coach broke the news.

It is a joke, Darin – a cruel joke on Phillies fans. Ruf’s struggles with learning to play outfield have been well documented, and it would seem moving him around out there can’t help matters.

To call it a curious decision by Charlie Manuel would be an understatement. Brown can play right as well, so why the manager wouldn’t put the more seasoned player out there, I don’t know. Maybe he’ll elaborate later.

In related news, Laynce Nix has been designated for assignment to make room for Brown, and Triple-A LHP Cesar Jiminez was selected to replace Antonio Bastardo on the roster.

  1. mykhuis - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I think the Phillies may actively be tanking here. Protected top-ten pick here we come!

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    • Matt S. - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      The Phillies really have an interesting method of tanking then. They’re basically Compensating their refusal to trade away aging talent by playing a should be first basemen in the outfield. Bold move.

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  2. Andy Schreiber - Aug 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Too bad Michael Young wasn’t traded so Ruf could just play 1B. Then he could relax & just concentrate on hitting.

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  3. phillies8008 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    As long as he catches the balls hit right at him, he’ll be better than Delmon Young.

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    • phillies8008 - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Also Ruf’ is at least capable in LF. He’s no gold glover but he’s on the same level as Burrell or Ibanez.

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  4. Andrew - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Is there really much difference between LF and RF? I think not. As long as Ruf knows where the wall is, he’ll be just the same

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    • Sean M. - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      RF’ers gotta make that throw to 3B. Need a stronger arm

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