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Rotowire: Mar 25 / 2:28a ET
News: Ruf remains a strong candidate for a roster spot despite a slow start to the spring, the Phillies' official site reports.
Impact: Ruf started out 5-for-29 this spring, but has gotten hot of late. He is 5-for-13 with a double and two home runs in his last five games. The Phillies project to have a lefty-heavy starting lineup which makes Ruf, a righty, a likely candidate for a bench spot. He should see time in left field and at first base this season. How much playing time he will get remains unclear.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 2:46a ET
News: Ruf went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the spring in the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Yankees on Thursday.
Impact: Ruf is off to a slow start this spring with just five hits in 29 at-bats. He is expected to platoon with Grady Sizemore and Odubel Herrera in left field this season.
Rotowire: Feb 21 / 3:23a ET
News: Ruf has arrived early to spring training to continue working on his transition to the outfield, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Ruf, a first baseman through most of his career, has played 140 games in the outfield the past two seasons in the majors and minors. It looks like he will be given a shot to platoon with Grady Sizemore in left field this season. There is some power potential here if Ruf can keep his bat in the lineup on a semi-regular basis.