Manship to DL, Ruf to Triple-A

The Phillies made two moves Sunday morning, placing relief pitcher Jeff Manship–who threw four perfect innings during yesterday’s 14-inning loss to the Mets–on the 15 day DL, and optioning Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Replacing Manship and Ruf will be Phillippe Aumont and Cesar Jimenez, both relievers. After 28 innings in two days, the bullpen needed some help. The Phillies are now at 13 pitchers. Jimenez was not on the 40-man roster, so an additional move must be made.



  1. Hogey's Role

    June 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Cesar is a lefty…. I wonder what roster move is about to be made

    • Hogey's Role

      June 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

      I’m guessing Martin needs more time in the minors before they call him up?? He’s looked good outta the bullpen so far

      • schmenkman

        June 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

        Martin was shut down a couple of days ago because he’s going through a “dead arm” period.

      • Hogey's Role

        June 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

        Ok thanks schmenk, I missed that somewhere…. I’m also surprised Horst didn’t get the call up, although Jimenez is throwing really good, must be they are going with the hot hand??

      • wbramh

        June 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

        Or more exactly, they’re going with their hot-handed minor league arm(s).
        Makes sense since that’s all they have.
        These 14-inning marathons are also showing a need for swapping a non-pitcher for a second reliever on top of Manship’s replacement. At least they’ll be better covered for the final 2 games (28 innings) with the Mets.
        Maybe management shipped off Ruf again because JMJ is a better emergency pitcher in the event they go extra innings… extra innings being anything over 14.

    • Jonathan

      June 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm


  2. wbramh

    June 1, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Jonathan meant ti say they’re both right-handed, except for Cesar.

  3. wbramh

    June 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Why do I get the feeling management has no faith in Darin Ruf?
    Maybe they have too many power bats coming off the bench.

    • Hogey's Role

      June 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

      I said the same thing, I would keep ruf and lose Mayberry

      • George

        June 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

        Ruf was optioned because he still has options; Mayberry doesn’t.

        I read this morning that Mayberry is being shopped, probably because the Phils would rather take a bag of balls for him than to just cut him. Give it a little time and they might actually get rid of Mayberry, be it for that aforementioned bag of balls or for absolutely nothing, so that Ruf can be recalled.

        Personally, I don’t see either as being very good. It’s just that Ruf hasn’t had a long enough stay to prove once and for all that he’s a AAAA guy, just like Junior.

      • Hogey's Role

        June 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

        Yes I do agree with you George, I just wish someone would give us that bag of balls already lol

    • Lefty

      June 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm


  4. crow

    June 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Whatever Aumont has managed to straighten out in his last few of games at Lehigh Valley will immediately unravel with the Phillies. Zero faith there. Jimenez, on the other hand, has been very good. Who knows?

  5. Lefty

    June 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    IMO Ruf will be right back once the pitchers catch up, just a temporary move.

  6. George

    June 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    The real question here is “when will those pitchers catch up?” Hamels is pitching today, and he sucks vs. the Mets. The bullpen might have to work extra hard today, too.

  7. Bruce

    June 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I notice of late that there are no “recaps” by PN writers on games played. Oh well, the problems with the last place Phillies remains the same and therefore nothing new to report (smile).

    I’ll let the “fans” here dwell on the negatives while I have the difficulty of finding something positive to say about the game results.

    First, congratulations to the “Big Piece”, Ryan Howard for his 1000 RBIs in his career .. the fastest achievement in the games played among active players. Also congratulations to Bobby Abreu for his career 400th stolen base the other day. The 40 year old veteran can still play, hit and run the bases. He is currently hitting .320 with two more hits and a RBI in setting the tone for yesterday’s game. He has a hot bat hitting .450 over the last week. That’s why the Mets are playing him in RF. I wonder if the Phillies have any second thoughts letting Abreu go after spring training? (smile).

    I understand why Ruf was optioned to triple A team. After those 14 inning marathons back to back, the need for more relief pitchers called up from the minors to rest the exhausted bullpen is obvious. This will give Ruff playing time while waiting for the recall from the Phillies. By the way, Mayberry Jr. should not be underestimated for his value as a multi-position fielder. That’s why the manager kept him available in such a marathon inning game.

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