The Phillies have placed 33-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard on the 15-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation. Howard has played in 80 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 76 of 286 (.266 avg, .784 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 11 homers and 43 RBIs. The Phillies have called up 26-year old righty swinging 1B/OF Darin Ruf to replace Howard on the active roster. He made his 2013 debut for the Phillies last night against the Braves and he was 1 for 2 with a run scored and a whiff. Ruf played in 82 games in AAA-ball earlier this year for the Phillies and he was 81 of 304 (.266 avg, .752 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 7 homers, 46 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Ruf played in 11 games last year for the Phillies in his first taste of the majors and he was 11 of 33 (.333 avg, 1.079 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs.
UPDATE: (7/8/2013) – Ryan Howard needs knee surgery and he will miss the next 6-8 weeks.