Darin Ruf was about to get his longest stretch of consistent playing time this season -- until he became the latest Giant to succumb to a soft tissue injury.
Ruf singled in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game in Arizona and thought about stretching it into a double, but he pulled up coming around first and immediately grabbed at his right hamstring. Ruf came out of the game right away and slammed his fist down in the dugout.
The timing is brutal for the second-year Giant, who was poised to be the everyday first baseman for a bit. The Giants put Brandon Belt on the IL earlier in the day with an oblique strain and Wilmer Flores won't be eligible to return until Saturday.
Before Wednesday's game, manager Gabe Kapler said Ruf would be his primary choice, with Jason Vosler also filling in. Vosler was called up to take Belt's roster spot and he replaced Ruf at first.
The Giants have others who can play first if Ruf misses time, but all the injuries are chipping away at their enviable depth. Ruf was supposed to be a bench piece but has appeared in 43 games, posting a .370 OBP and .512 slugging percentage. He has six homers in 82 at-bats.