Manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed Thursday that Ruf would be used in a platoon with Ryan Howard at first base, CSN Philly reports. “I look at it as a scenario where against some left-handed pitchers it could be a platoon situation going forward, depending on the numbers,” Sandberg said.
Papelbon said he won't be disappointed if he is still with the Phillies after the trade deadline, the team's official site reports. "I really, really like our situation down there in the bullpen," Papelbon said. "I really truly do. I like being a part of it. Just the circumstances are we're not in a playoff situation or a winning situation right now and, of course, if I had the opportunity to go to a playoff contending team that's all fine and dandy. But at the end of the day, if nothing happens, nothing happens. I don't have any control over that."
Manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed Thursday that Howard would be used in a platoon with Darin Ruf at first base, CSN Philly reports. “I look at it as a scenario where against some left-handed pitchers it could be a platoon situation going forward, depending on the numbers,” Sandberg said.
Howard might be deployed in a platoon at first base going forward, CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports. "As far as the lineup, that will be a day-to-day thing," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Wednesday's game. "I know what [Howard] can do. I've seen him for 100 games. I know what he can do. I think it's important to see what a guy like Darin Ruf can do also going forward."
Franco left Tuesday's game at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with back tightness, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “Today I felt something in my back,” he said after the game. “I felt a little tightness and hopefully I will be ready for [Wednesday].”