KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia outfielder Darin Ruf strained his left oblique muscle during batting practice and was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday as a Phillies’ split squad beat the Houston Astros 6-3.
Ruf was scheduled to bat third for the Phillies. He was replaced in left field by Steve Susdorf, and Ruf returned to Clearwater to be examined. He is hitting .217 with two home runs in 18 spring training games.
Bobby Abreu had three hits, including an RBI double off Kevin Chapman, and scored on a throwing error by center fielder Marwin Gonzalez.
Making his third start, Jeff Manship allowed one run and six hits in five innings and struck out five. Jason Castro hit an RBI double in the first.
Lucas Harrell, competing for a spot in Houston’s rotation, allowed one run and six hits in 4 1-3 innings.