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Darin Ruf Down With Strained Oblique

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PHILADELPHIA - JULY 13: Darin Ruf #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his solo home run in the seventh inning during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park on July 13, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Darin Ruf (Photo Credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Darin Ruf’s mission to make the 2014 Phillies Opening Day roster may have taken a hit on Thursday.

Ruf was scratched from the Phillies lineup in the team’s Thursday Spring Training game due to a strained oblique. Ruf suffered the injury during batting practice, and will undergo more testing on Friday.

While it’s unknown how severe the injury is, Chase Utley missed nearly 30 games in 2013 with a strained oblique. It’s an injury that can make it difficult to swing the bat.

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