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On second thought, Phillies find Darin Ruf has broken wrist

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: Darin Ruf #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies tries to leg out an infield single against the New York Mets during the 4th inning at Citizens Bank Park on September 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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Two weeks ago the Phillies demoted Darin Ruf to Triple-A and he won’t be back in Philadelphia anytime soon, as Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder has a broken bone in his left wrist.

The injury stems from a collision with the outfield wall on June 2, but the initial diagnosis did not find any fractures. Apparently a follow-up exam saw something different, so now Ruf is out for ... well, actually the Phillies haven’t given an official recovery timetable yet. Lawrence speculates that Ruf will be sidelined for at least a month and that’s just until he can get back into the Triple-A lineup.

Ruf has hit well in the majors, smacking 18 homers with an .830 OPS in 92 games for the Phillies, but with Ryan Howard entrenched at first base there isn’t much room for him unless they want to take a big hit defensively. He’s too good offensively to deserve being stuck at Triple-A, but for now that’s a moot point.

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