Ruf has Grade 1-2 Oblique Strain, Out 4-6 Weeks – Phillies Nation

Ruf has Grade 1-2 Oblique Strain, Out 4-6 Weeks



The nightmare continues. The Phillies have announced that in addition to a serious infection for Freddy Galvis, Darin Ruf will now miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade 1-2 oblique strain.

Ruf said he’d felt something about a week ago yet played through it, then felt a grab during batting practice that was bad enough to warrant an MRI. The test revealed a significant strain and just like that, the Phillies nightmare grew more nightmarish.

In line to be one of the Phillies top bench bats, Ruf will be sidelined opening a door for possibly Bobby Abreu, Tony Gwynn, or another outfielder.



  1. bacardipr

    March 21, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Although this isnt too bad this is the perfect excuse RAJ needs to keep Ruf down in the minors.

    • schmenkman

      March 21, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      So if I understand right, if not for the injury, there would be strong evidence for keeping Ruf on the roster, but Amaro would still choose to send him to the minors anyway? And I wonder what Sandberg would think about that.

  2. wbramh

    March 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm


    With all the wild speculation in the printed press and Internet faux press about everything related to the 2014 Phillies, it’s no wonder so many wild rumors are germinating among us fans. It seems only fitting and proper that I attempt to add some measure of sanity and equipoise to this community discussion in order to bring the more spurious gossip to rest.

    Translation: Here is my own disinformation:

    So what do we know and when did we know it?

    Well, sometime in June of 1972 a security guard happened upon burglars inside the Watergate complex and…

    Sorry, wrong story.


    Well, sometime in February of 2014 the Philadelphia Phillies were plotted on a northerly route, their final debarkation point a grass field in South Philadelphia. As of this writing, fans are still scheduled to arrive at the field’s gates on the evening of April 7th.

    But things started to go wrong back in February. One of their primary engines, Cole Hamels, suddenly stopped functioning properly and had to be totally shut down. Unfortunately, the team’s MAG backup was never properly tested in the field and he too had to be shut down. At that same moment the team took a sharp left turn out of Bright Field totally disappearing from the base paths. According to most “experts” in the biz, what remains of the team isn’t even generating a faint ping on the playoff screen.

    Okay, so here’s my theor, another one to add to the dung pile: The last words recorded from the team co-captain were allegedly “I can’t be traded” which made no sense since nobody was trading him in the first place. What he may have actually said was, “I can’t be traced.” And that would make sense after he sent a record 16 or 17 straight balls into the stratosphere directly above the infield. All eventually dropped to Earth and were caught for outs by the cleanup crew. But no matter what Jimmy said and other were determined to twist, that may have been the team’s point of no return. The team was now headed due South. As management, players, sports writers and fans began their polarization, the Phils’ bats went polar cold and in a final act of pure desperation and depravity, the Phanatic was unceremoniously traded to Pittsburgh for an obnoxious penguin named “Sidney.”

    Relax, that last part was just a bad hockey joke.

    But it’s no joke that even a more incredulous yet true story has now going viral, specifically verification of a dangerous staph virus afflicting Freddy Galvis. We should be seriously grateful that his illness appears under control because there’s nothing funny about MRSA. We can also be grateful that there’s (currently) no sign of Ruben’s recurring MiniMart bug attacking the Phillie’s system – a condition known to totally level teams in extremely weakened state. The latest word, that Ruf is no longer Ready, is an extra punch in the solar plexus that nobody needed…

    and you can bet it will lead to a 5-month long case of Mayberry-berry.

    But before things get too out of hand again, let me categorically state that there is absolutely NO truth to Buster Olney’s tweeted rumor (via a CNN tweet via an Eskin tweet) that the team has been “spaghettificated” in some cosmic black hole and spit out as a plate of linguini diablo (with a side of fava beans and a nice glass of Chianti). I’m confident our guys will eventually reappear in South Philly in some form or another. They may show up a little worse for wear but a good steam-cleaning from a local HAZMAT team should suffice.

    So yes, there will be Phillies baseball this Spring… and frankly, that’s all I care about.

    Gentlemen, restart you engines. It’s almost time to play ball!

    • photoFred

      March 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Nice one!

      Yes, it’s nearly here and I am ready for success / failure, rebirth / house cleaning, playoffs / cellar. My loins are girded.

  3. wbramh

    March 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I know I left the word “House” off of “Bright House,” the “Y” disappeared from “theory” etc etc.
    My son just explained to me that I need to learn to look at the screen when I type rather than focus on my fingers.

    I tried to convince him I was just stupid but he would have none of it.. until he thought it over.

    • Lefty

      March 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

      As an old hunt and peck(er) from way back, I understand your plight. When I was in high school we wouldn’t be caught dead in a typing class- back then, that was for girls only.

      After that I destroyed my index finger rendering any chance I had left to take an adult class about as useless as my dream of being a bad ass guitar player in a rock band. Anyway, despite all these excuses- my adult children still think I’m stupid.

      • wbramh

        March 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

        I too destroyed an index finger which rendered my potential typing skills null and void, not to mention my organ and piano playing skills. I solved the latter problem by only playing in really terrible bands. As for the ingrate kids, mine are also adults and seem to be more convinced every year that I need to be put in a home. I was told not to worry – that it would pass after their teen years. I wait and drool.

  4. schmenkman

    March 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Despite the various Spring issues, I can’t wait for the season to start.

    Not to jinx anything, since I don’t believe in that, but it’s encouraging that Hamels is the only significant health issue at this point.

    • wbramh

      March 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Now you’ve done it.

  5. Ken Bland

    March 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    It’s not a tremendously exciting idea, and won’t alter many pre season expectations, but as the Phils starting pitching depth remains suspect, Erik Bedard has opted out of his Rays deal in search of a sterter’s gig.

    It might be more laminating if he hadn’t pitched for the Pirates without much success, but it wouldn’t be a total league change that might shed some room for optimism.

    25 hits in 17 spring innings doesn’t fire anyone up, but he struck people out, if you wanna minimize the spring stat deal.

    All in all, I don’t know that it would be a terrible idea. What an endorsement. It probably makes the Phils modestly more competitive than they might prove to be.

    I suspect Bedard would view it as a chance to get stedy work, and his chances of getting that with a more likely contender aren’t so great,

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    March 23, 2014 at 1:54 am

    If Bedard sucks the fans will cry about it.

    They still think Howard and Rollins are top tier.

    It will be Bedards fault or someone else who isn’t a core member of Rubens entourage.

    Some second tier guy like Moyer or Kendrick.
    Glavis or Valdez might be the problem?

    When the reality is the problem is Ruben and his big contract loafers.

    They will be in last not because of Hamels or Paplebomb.

    It will be because of Bedard.

    Very sad when someone of that ilk is your GM.
    No better than a poster on a blog with their favorites.

    Ruben somehow still is employed as GM.

    • Ken Bland

      March 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm


      Public figure and executive types are usually articulate enough, and convey enough sense of intelligence that it’s wise to be a little hesitant to whip ’em up in blasts. I guess Richie Kotite might have been an exception, I can’t recall how articulate he was, even Don DeJardine was articulate . Ruben, of course is like that, but while Ruben has played into your long presented criticisms more perfectly than an Oscar winning script, for myself, in wondering how this mess got so messy, it appears just about time to start ripping David Montgomery, and bypassing Rube. He’s articulate enough that you could easily think he’s one sharp dude, but the ledger card has turned south enough that when Papelbon referenced all the way to the top, he could easily have been knocking on Monty’s door.

      On the bright side, last year, you waited until Game 2 to start billing them as must wins. This year, thanks to Rube, McCarthy’s opening line next Monday should and could be “welcome to must win baseball.’

      We’ll see how it shakes out, but collectively, more joy in Mudville than South Philly seems pretty possible.

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