Amaro will be patient with Phils' woeful offense

Amaro will be patient with Phils' woeful offense

May 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Ruben Amaro Jr. said he will remain patient with the Phillies' offense that ranks 27th in runs per game. (AP)

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. plans to remain patient with his team’s struggling offense. He has no trades up his sleeve. The players that are here will be given more time to produce.

“I’m comfortable seeing what we’ve got until we feel like there’s someone else in the organization who is better,” Amaro said Friday night. “I don’t see us making any trades any time soon. There’s too many teams that are in it, not enough teams that are out of it.”

Amaro didn’t rule out adding talent near the July trade deadline, but any immediate upgrades to the offense would have to come from the minor leagues. Darin Ruf, hitting .280 with five homers, 22 RBIs and an .824 OPS in 38 games at Triple A, is the name most often mentioned as possibly coming up from the minors. The only hitch that he could only get at-bats as a leftfielder. That would mean moving Domonic Brown to right and reducing Delmon Young’s role.

“I don’t know where he’s going to play right now,” Amaro said of Ruf. “We still think Delmon is going to add some offense to us, at some point. He needs some more at-bats. We need to be fairly patient. Everyone wants to make moves today, but we can still be somewhat patient.”

Young entered Friday night hitting .244 with a homer and four RBIs in 41 at-bats.

How bad has the Phillies’ offense been through the first 41 games of the season? Entering Friday night’s game, the Phils ranked:

20th in the majors in batting average (.246)
24th in walks (108)
23rd in homers (34)
25th in on-base percentage (.304)
26th in slugging (.379)
26th in OPS (.683)
27th in runs per game (3.61)
25th in times on base (448)

The Phils had been held to two or fewer runs 16 times.

Amaro said he would consider a trade if something became available, “But right now we have to be patient to see if Delmon starts swinging it. And Ryan [Howard] is going to have to start swinging it. If those guys do then we’ll be OK. If they don’t we’ll have to figure out what we’re going to do.”

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