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

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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.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.