PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel said he wants to get Darin Ruf into a game soon, but when?
"I was thinking about hitting him the other night with the bases loaded, if you want to know the truth," Manuel said before Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins. "[But] I haven't seen him that much and I want him to get comfortable around our guys."
Asked if it is tougher to play an untested rookie now that the Phillies have moved into competition for a National League Wild Card spot, Manuel said, "Yeah, definitely. At the same time, over in Houston, I'll look and see who's pitching, and I might try to get him in a game over in Houston. I will try to get him in a game if I think it's OK. I'm definitely not scared to play him. It's no big deal, he'll play."