Ruf gets ready for next rehab step

The Phillies' Darin Ruf. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

PITTSBURGH – First baseman-outfielder Darin Ruf, recovering from a fractured left wrist while playing at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, will soon take his next step in his rehabilitation schedule according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

Ruf, who suffered the injury on June 2, has been rehabbing with the Phillies Gulf Coast League team since Monday. He is hitting .130 in 23 at-bats.

“Ruffie is probably going to start at (Triple-A) Lehigh Valley either (Sunday) or the next day,” Amaro said before the Phillies game at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates. “He is making good progress in the GCL.”

A healthy Ruf could offer an alternative for struggling left fielder Domonic Brown.

Catchers update

Amaro said that Carlos Ruiz (concussion) had a good day of improvement on Friday.

“He is still a ways off though,” Amaro cautioned.

There is no timetable, according to Amaro, but he said the team would have a better idea after Ruiz goes through impact testing on Monday.

Catcher Wil Nieves (strained right quadriceps) played his fourth rehab game in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, his second as a catcher.

“He is making some progress too, although it is a little slower than we hoped,” Amaro said.” We will see what the next couple of days bring for him with his leg.”

Lee rehab

Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee, who has not pitched since May 18 due to an elbow injury, will make his first rehab start on Sunday for advanced Single-A Clearwater.  Amaro says he will throw about 60 pitches.

Amaro says Lee will then be scheduled to throw on July 11, but isn’t sure where that rehab start will be.

Manship throws

Righthander Jeff Manship, on the DL since June 1 with a right quadriceps strain, threw one hitless inning in a rehab start on Saturday for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Amaro says he is scheduled to throw one or two innings again on Monday.

“He only threw nine pitches but felt fine and was throwing 92-93 (MPH),” Amaro said.

Minors update

Two minor leaguers, shortstop Freddy Galvis and catcher Tommy Joseph, could be back playing games within a week according to Amaro Galvis is out with a broken clavicle and Joseph has a wrist injury.