Playing time has been tough for Darin Ruf to come by. He has just eight plate appearances in August, but on Monday afternoon made the most of his at-bats with a two-run homer to center field against Mets left-hander Jon Niese.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is encouraged by Ruf's recent work, saying he's adjusted well to right-handed pitching, specifically on the outside corner.
But still, Phillies analyst Ricky Bottalico doesn't see Ruf as an everyday player.
"A home run on a Monday in an afternoon game in August doesn't mean you're a starting outfielder," Bottalico said on Phillies Postgame Live. "Darin Ruf, yes he did have a nice game against the New York Mets, but I still can't see him being an everyday player in the Phillies' outfield.
"It's a packed outfield right now, that's why Darin Ruf isn't gonna get the reps he needs. You saw in the ninth inning, taken out due to a right-handed pitcher. Darin Ruf taken out in lieu of a left-handed hitter. What you see is what you get right now with Darin Ruf."
The Phillies' outfield is indeed crowded with Marlon Byrd firmly entrenched in right field and Ben Revere, Domonic Brown and Grady Sizemore seeing time in the other two spots.
For more from Bottalico, see the video above.