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20 Justin Ruggiano RF
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1982 | Birthplace: Austin, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Texas A&M | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $494,500 | Owned/Started%: 8/4 | Average Draft Position: 265.46
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Justin Ruggiano ready to roll again Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:20 pm ET) Cubs right fielder Justin Ruggiano has returned to the lineup after missing five games with a groin injury. He is set to start Monday against Colorado.

Ruggiano hopes to hit better than he did before going down. He was hitless in four of his last seven games in which he had a plate appearance.


Justin Ruggiano misses fifth straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was sidelined a fifth straight game Sunday against the Cardinals due to a groin injury. He is batting .382 with two home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBI in his last 23 games (17 starts).

Justin Ruggiano still out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was unable to return to the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with a sore groin. Ruggiano has not started since Tuesday, but appeared in Friday's game as a pinch-hitter.  

Justin Ruggiano remains sidelined by groin issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is out of the lineup again Friday against the Cardinals, as he continues to deal with groin soreness.  

Ruggiano has not played since Tuesday, and continues to receive treatment for the injury> He is day to day at this point. 


Justin Ruggiano dealing with a groin injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with groin soreness, according to MLB.com.

Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats. 


Justin Ruggiano settles into rhythm


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been on a nice run offensively since late June, batting .371 with a .405 on-base percentage, .557 slugging percentage and .963 OPS in his last 19 games. Ruggiano explains his recent surge is due to seeing regular playing time.

"In spring training, I had only 35, 40 at-bats, and for me to say I feel comfortable, it usually takes 60 to sometimes even 100 [at-bats]," Ruggiano said, per MLB.com. "The more at-bats, the more comfortable I get, the more pitches I see, the more I can make adjustments. Sometimes you can come out and be hot right out of the gates, sometimes it takes awhile. For me, it's just getting into a rhythm."


Justin Ruggiano walks it off for Cubs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano played the hero Friday against the Braves. 

Ruggiano stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the game tied and a man on second. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Ruggiano swatted a single between third and short, scoring the game-winning run. He was mobbed by his teammates shortly after the winning run scored. Ruggiano also singled earlier in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with no runs scored and two RBI. 


Ryan Sweeney, Justin Ruggiano key Cubs win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Cubs received tremendous production from their first two hitters Friday in a defeat of Washington - and both of them roamed the outfield.

Leadoff hitter Ryan Sweeney and Justin Ruggiano, who batted behind him, combined for five hits and five runs. The latter slugged a solo homer in the third and run-scoring single in the ninth.

Ruggiano has been on a tear with 12 hits in his last 27 at-bats and has blasted off in successive games.


Justin Ruggiano homers, plates five runs in slugfest vs. Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano cranked out three hits and plated five runs in his team's 16-9 win over Boston.

Ruggiano smashed a two-run home run in the opening frame, singled in a run in the sixth and doubled two more in the ninth. He finished 3 for 6 with five RBI. He is hitting .257 with three homers and 15 RBI in 113 at-bats.

Justin Ruggiano activated off 15-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Monday, per ESPN. Ruggiano hit .143 with one double, three runs and three walks in six games during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

Justin Ruggiano nearing a return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) For the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in late April, Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was able to play in consecutive games Thursday and Friday for Triple-A Iowa. That could prove an important step in his return from the disabled list, as manager Rich Renteria told MLB.com Friday.

"We'll see how he feels tomorrow and re-evaluate the situation," said Renteria. "Back-to-back games is one of the tests."


Justin Ruggiano cranks out two hits in first rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) began a minor-league rehab assignment Monday night for Triple-A Iowa. Ruggiano played the field for six innings before leaving the game in the bottom of the seventh. He singled in the first and sixth innings, respectively, and finished 2 for 3 with a run scored in his first game action.

Justin Ruggiano starting rehab assignment Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will begin a rehab assignment Monday, according to MLB.com.

Ruggiano has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. He's been rehabbing in Arizona, but is ready for minor-league game action. Ruggiano has played in just 14 games this year due to the issue.


Justin Ruggiano slated for rehab assignment soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is slated for a rehab assignment fairly soon, according to MLB.com.

Ruggiano is dealing with a hamstring injury, and has been rehabbing in Arizona. He's getting close to playing games in Triple-A. Ruggiano has played in just 14 games this season due to the injury. 


Justin Ruggiano currently rehabbing in Arizona


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been rehabbing in Arizona, according to MLB.com. 

Ruggiano is dealing with a hamstring strain, and is expected to miss significant time. Ruggiano was hitting .229 in 35 at-bats prior to the injury.


Justin Ruggiano dealing with grade two hamstring strain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is dealing with a grade two hamstring strain, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Ruggiano hit the disabled list Thursday, and it looks like he'll be facing some significant time off. In a best best case scenario, Ruggiano is likely to miss three-to-four weeks. He's hitting .229 in 35 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano placed on disabled list Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was placed on the disabled list Thursday.

Ruggiano underwent an MRI on his injured hamstring following Wednesday's game. The club determined he would need a few days, and placed him on the DL. Ruggiano is hitting .229 in 35 at-bats. 


Justin Ruggiano set for MRI on hamstring


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning with a hamstring injury, and it appears it might be a somewhat serious issue. The team announced after the game Ruggiano would undergo an MRI on his left hamstring, the results of which likely won't be known until Thursday.  


Justin Ruggiano gets a rest Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano will get a rest Friday against the Reds.

Ryan Sweeney is set to take over in center, while Junior Lake will start in left. Ruggiano has been mostly utilized as a spot-starter most of the year due to Emilio Bonifacio's hot start. Ruggiano is hitting just .143 in 21 at-bats. 


Justin Ruggiano in the starting lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano is in the starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Ruggiano missed opening day due to an ankle injury, and appeared late in Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter. He'll start and hit third against Wandy Rodriguez. 


Justin Ruggiano strikes out in pinch-hit appearance Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano struck out in a pinch-hit appearance in Wednesday's game against the Pirates after declaring himself ready to go earlier in the day.

Ruggiano has been slowed by a sore ankle in the first week of the season, but he figures to be back in the starting lineup Thursday. He hit .300/.333/.550 in 40 at-bats this spring.


Justin Ruggiano misses second straight game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game Wednesday against the Pirates because of an ankle injury.

Justin Ruggiano unable to start opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates because of a lingering ankle injury, according to ESPN. Ruggiano has been dealing with ankle soreness since last Tuesday.

Justin Ruggiano scratched Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been scratched from Wednesday's game, according to MLB.com.

He'll be replaced by Chris Coghlan. Ruggiano is dealing with a sore ankle, but the issue doesn't seem serious. Ruggiano hit .222/.298/.396 in 424 at-bats last year.


Justin Ruggiano scratched due to ankle soreness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was scratched from Tuesday's spring lineup because of ankle soreness. Ruggiano is batting .297 (11 for 37) with two home runs and nine RBI in 13 spring games.