7/22/2014 9:30 P.M. ET
Ruf returns to Phillies as Mayberry goes on DL
By Todd Zolecki and Erik Bacharach / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- After a short stint in the Majors earlier this year, Darin Ruf was granted another crack at big league action after the Phillies recalled him from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before Tuesday's game vs. the Giants.
John Mayberry Jr. was placed on the 15-day DL with left wrist inflammation to make room for Ruf.
Ruf was first called up in late May, and the Phillies toyed with the idea of implementing a platoon situation at first base between Ruf and Ryan Howard, who struggles against left-handed pitching.
But after Ruf went just 1-for-10, the Phillies ended any chance of that scenario playing out by sending him back down to Lehigh Valley. Shortly thereafter, Ruf suffered a left wrist fracture sliding into a wall while trying to chase down a foul ball. The injury forced him onto the DL on June 4, and he only returned to game action July 2.
In his last three games with Lehigh Valley prior to his callup Tuesday, Ruf went 6-for-12 with four RBIs.
"It's gotten better," Ruf said of his timing at the plate. "Felt a lot more comfortable in the box the last few days."
But in 49 at-bats with the IronPigs and 23 with the Gulf Coast League Phillies after his return, he didn't hit a homer, as power is generally thought to be the last attribute to come back after a wrist injury.
"Seems like the more I swing the bat, the more it gets loosened up and things like that," Ruf said. "When I didn't swing for a month or so again, the bat speed just kind of needs to return, too. The whip the hands and your wrists create with your swing, I just need to get that back."
Ruf called this season "mentally challenging" because of all the starts and stops thus far, but he will have another chance to showcase his ability in the Majors.
"There's two months left, and two months is all that I've got, so I have to try and make the most of it," Ruf said. "It's definitely enough time to get some games under my belt."
Utley wins fifth Heart and Hustle Award
PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley was selected as the Phillies' winner of the Heart and Hustle Award, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Tuesday.
The award, which "honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game," according to the official press release, is the only honor in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.
Utley claimed the award for the fifth time in his career. His off-the-field contributions -- his charity, The Utley Foundation, raises awareness about animal cruelty -- and his play on the diamond -- Utley was selected to his fifth All-Star Game this season -- made him a worthy selection.
Each Major League team has a winner chosen by 30 MLBPAA-formed committees that are close with their respective teams. Fans, alumni and active players will have a chance to vote on the final winner of all 30 team winners. The national winner will be announced at the Annual Legends for Youth Dinner held Nov. 18 in New York City.
A former teammate of Utley's and the 2010 national winner of the award took to Twitter to pay tribute.
"One of my greatest honors was putting my heart and hustle trophy alongside the definition of the award. [There] must be one on every team. I seen two in my life, Scott Rolen and most of all Chase Utley!" tweeted Roy Halladay.
"What's really sad is some [are] busy patting themselves on the back and missing what a true baseball player is! I kid you not when he talked to me on the field I got goose bumps every time! Please encourage your friends, family, most of all your kids to be like Chase!"
Bastardo trying to shut out trade rumors
PHILADELPHIA -- Fifteen scouts had seats for Cliff Lee's start Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, but not everybody came to see him.
Some came to see other Phillies players available before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, including left-hander Antonio Bastardo. If a team needs relief help, it almost certainly has contacted the Phillies about him.
In fact, Bastardo seems to be one of the likeliest Phillies to be traded before the Deadline. Entering Tuesday, he was 4-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 43 appearances this season. Left-handers have hit just .140 against him, while right-handers have hit .168, which makes him much more than a situational lefty. He makes just $2 million this season, so his contract is not an issue. He also does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season, so he is not a two-month rental.
"I'm just staying focused on what I can do and how I can pitch," Bastardo said of the trade speculation. "I'm just trying to get people out. If I can distract myself from that stuff, I won't let it get into my mind. I don't want to lose my focus."
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit a line drive off Bastardo's left forearm Monday. Bastardo finished the scoreless inning and had the forearm wrapped Tuesday afternoon, but he said it felt much better. A few hours later, he replaced Roberto Hernandez with two outs and a runner on first in the sixth inning.
Bastardo allowed a single to Hector Sanchez before getting pinch-hitter Joaquin Arias to fly out to right field to end the inning.
• Lee came out of Monday's start feeling good, according to Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "Nothing with the arm at all," Sandberg said. "Feeling really good."
• Triple-A Lehigh Valley placed right-hander Jason Marquis on the seven-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Marquis is 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts with the IronPigs. He could opt out of his contract July 31, if he were not on the big league roster, but the DL stint buys the Phillies time.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.