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The Phillies’ September Call-Up? Pete Orr

The gust of wind felt across the Delaware Valley today was not brought upon by any Labor Day storm or cold front. The wind instead was the collective sighs and exhales from Phillies’ fans who wanted to see the man they called #BabeRuf on Twitter in red and white pin stripes before the end of the year.

“Ruf Riders” were disappointed today as the Phillies added infielder Pete Orr to the 40-man roster and announced that he, along with IronPigs’ manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Rod Nichols, will join the Phillies tomorrow. Hector Luna‘s release was seen by many, including most of our staff, as foreshadowing for slugging Reading first baseman/left fielder Darin Ruf to be added to the 40-man roster and to join the Phillies after the R-Phils’ complete their season. Ruf’s road to the Majors in 2012 seems to have now become improbable, if not impossible, with Orr filling up the 40th roster spot. Ruf finished the year leading the Eastern League with 104 RBIs and a Reading Phillies’-record 38 HRs, while narrowly missing the Eastern League triple-crown by .005.

The R-Phils defeated the Portland Sea Dogs 7-3 behind a strong performance by Adam Morgan, who is now 4-1 with a 3.53 ERA with 29 Ks for Reading , and clinched the final Eastern League Wild Card spot. The R-Phils start the postseason on Wednesday against the division-winning Trenton Thunder at home on Wednesday.

Analysis: While it admittedly was a long-shot, Ruf’s great season does not look like it will continue past the Eastern League playoffs and into the MLB regular season. The Phillies roster now stands at 40 exactly and its most expendable part, Orr, was the one just added. The other player that they could likely sneak through wavers, Steven Lerud, has now become a necessity with injuries to Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider. With the call-ups through the weekend and today, it is unlikely any further players will join the Phillies in 2012 provided the team remains in good health. Should there be an injury to a catcher, it is likely Sebastian Valle would join the team to close the season, and an injury to an outfielder may prompt a surprise Tyson Gillies call-up, who has hit .304/.369/.453 with 4 HRs in 68 games with Reading this year.

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  1. Cs

    September 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    A real shame, I have no idea why they won’t bring up ruf.

  2. DavidE

    September 3, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I would have liked to see Ruf up this year. They may bring him up after the playoffs. Hopefully, they will find a way to make a roster spot for him. Unbelievable hitting numbers. Even if his fielding is bad, he could still help the team.

  3. xxLouA

    September 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Ruf is that bad? right about Amaro he spends it like it’s his own. All that pitching with a total of less than 10 wins between them. GR8

  4. George

    September 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    My guess is that Ruf will be left behind for the playoffs, and then they will send him off to an instructional league to play more left field. He wouldn’t get but a few at bats in the majors, anyway.

  5. Double Trouble Del

    September 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Maybe its just that the allure of Ruf will be unblemished if he’s untested by MLB pitching and making him that more desirable to a potential off-season trade partner.

  6. psujoe

    September 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I Wanted Ruf up, but am OK with him finishing the season at Reading and send him off to the instructional league to refine LF as mentioned. Phils need a CF and LF or 3B RH ith power. ideally a LF with power and a solid field cf with high OBP. If Frandsen keeps hitting give him the job until you can get a heatley.

    Setup man is huge Young guys life Defratus and Aumaunt need to earn it,

  7. Brooks

    September 4, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Phils have 2 left with the Reds – tonights starter is KK – who is 3-0 in his last 3 starts with a 1.61 ERA. KK, whatever it is you dipped into, keep your fingers in that jar bud! Doc has the start on Wednesday, who knows what or who we’re going to see on the mound.

    Then back home for 3 vs the Rockies. Under normal circumstances you might say the Phils should be at a .500 record before the weekend is over with but, they are playing at home and for some reason they are pretty bad at home as well – plus, I got tickets to see Cole on Saturday (the killer, sorry).

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  9. Gregory Glading

    September 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    The Phillies are notorious for their treatment of young players. They either trade them away or hold them down. How often have we read the Phillies actually disparaging their talent? How long was Ryan Howard held down while we read Phillies officials say he couldn’t hit Major League pitching? How long until they brought up Utley? Then they platoon him with Polanco at second while David Bell plays everyday. We heard that Jonathon Singleton couldn’t play outfield. He now is playing outfield, reportedly doing a good job of it, and hitting the cover off of the ball. Now they have a young player (I know. He’s 26) who not only sets a homerun record but damn near wins the triple crown. What message does not at least rewarding him with a taste of the Major Leagues send their young players? Compare this with say, the Detroit Tigers. I watched Avisail Garcia play about twenty games with the class A Lakeland Flying Tigers this year. Avisail Garcia is already playing in the majors with the contending Detroit Tigers and playing well at that. Yet the Phillies always tell us why a young player is not ready and instead give us a steady streem of 30-something AAAA players and journeymen.

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