Phils bring up promising 1B Joseph, option Ruf

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies selected the contract of first baseman Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Friday’s series opener against the Reds, the club announced on Friday. In a corresponding move, Darin Ruf was optioned to Triple-A.

Joseph was hitting .347 with six home runs in 27 games for Lehigh Valley. The 24-year-old is leading the International League in OPS with a .981 mark.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s first basemen are hitting .174 with eight home runs (eight from Ryan …

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