Phillies demote Darin Ruf, call up Domonic Brown from Triple-A


Following Saturday’s loss to the Pirates, the Phillies demoted 1B/OF Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and called up outfielder Domonic Brown, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Ruf hadn’t done much at the plate, batting a meager .238/.282/.386 entering Saturday’s action. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning and grounded out.

Brown — once the Phillies’ top prospect — was slated to open the season as the Phillies’ starting right fielder but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles during spring training and opened the season on the disabled list. He was activated at the end of April, but was optioned to Triple-A, where he has been ever since. In 228 plate appearances with the IronPigs, the 27-year-old hit .257/.307/.352 with two home runs and 26 RBI.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.