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Ruf optioned after game-winning home run

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies continued to trim their roster Friday and this time left fielder Darin Ruf was among the cut victims.

Ruf optioned after game-winning home run

Above Darin Ruf´s locker in the Phillies clubhouse, "RICHIE ASHBURN 1" is painted on the wall. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Above Darin Ruf's locker in the Phillies clubhouse, "RICHIE ASHBURN 1" is painted on the wall. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies continued to trim their roster Friday and this time left fielder Darin Ruf was among the cut victims.

Before he left, however, he offered one more reminder of his raw power that will keep him in the forefront of the front office's thoughts as he continues to work on playing left field at triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ruf crushed a ninth-inning, walk-off home run against lefthander Daniel Rodriguez in a 7-6 Phillies Grapefruit League victory over the Atlanta Braves at Bright House Field.

"They're not disappointed in anything I've done so far," Ruf said. "It's just that I need to get out there and play left field on a daily basis. One of the things they stressed was I can't put away my first baseman's glove either."

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The blast, a deep shot over the left-field wall, was his second home run of the spring. After going 3-for-21 in his first eight spring-training games, Ruf batted .306 (11-for-36) over his final 11 games.

The Phillies also reassigned outfielder Jermaine Mitchell to minor-league camp and released pitcher Rodrigo Lopez.

You can read more about Ruf in Saturday's Inquirer.

Young takes Dickey deep

Outfielder Delmon Young, out all of spring training after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right ankle in the offseason, played in a minor-league game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday morning and went 1-for-4 with a home run.

All four of his at-bats came against 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who was traded from the Mets to the Blue Jays during the offseason.

"It was good to go out there and actually do something outside of batting practice and watch a game for five innings," Young said. "It was different just because it was a Cy Young Award winner and it was a hard knuckleball, too."

A scout in attendance at the Blue Jays' minor-league complex in Dunedin said Young is still struggling to run and the outfielder said he does not know when he'll be able to play in the field.

"I've never been injured like this before, so I can't tell you that," Young said. "I don't even know what the schedule is for microfracture surgery. I know you don't want to re-injure it because it will be even longer or you'll be having surgery again. It's just good I was able to do something."

Young will open the season on the disabled list.

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