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20 Justin Ruggiano LF
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%: 4/1 | Average Draft Position: 266.23
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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.

Cubs, Justin Ruggiano come to terms


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Cubs avoided arbitration with outfielder Justin Ruggiano, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract, according to The New York Post. Ruggiano originally asked for $2.45 million and the Cubs countered with $1.6 million.

Justin Ruggiano traded for Brian Bogusevic


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) The Marlins and Cubs swapped reserve outfielders Thursday. The Marlins received Brian Bogusevic, and the Cubs received Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano, 31, was the more instrumental player last year, batting .222 with 18 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 424 at-bats, but Bogusevic, 29, got semi-regular playing time down the stretch, batting .278 with six home runs over his final 97 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano hits 18th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano hit his 18th home run in a loss to Washington on Sunday.

Ruggiano finished 1 for 4 with the solo blast. He also added his 111th strikeout of the season, a big reason why he is hitting just .223/.296/.403.


Justin Ruggiano shakes off calf injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Cubs after being held out of the starting lineup Sunday with a sore calf.

"It just tightened up a little bit [Sunday]," Ruggiano said, per MLB.com. "It was a dehydration-type cramp. It's fine. ... It's just one of those things where it just got tight one day and today it's almost completely better."


Justin Ruggiano hits 16th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano hit his 16th home run in Saturday's extra-inning loss to Atlanta.

Ruggiano finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Ruggiano owns an excellent .182 isolated power (SLG-AVG), but he hasn't done much else this year. He's hitting just .219/.298/.401.


Justin Ruggiano picking up the offensive pace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in two runs Sunday against the Rockies. Ruggiano had a two-out, solo home run in the second inning, and then had a tying RBI single in the fourth.

Ruggiano, who also walked twice, is batting .526 (10 for 19) with one double, three home runs and eight RBI in his last seven games (five starts).


Justin Ruggiano starting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano is in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Dodgers.

Ruggiano will get the start in center, and will hit sixth against Clayton Kershaw. Ruggiano is hitting .208/.287/.383 in 308 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano emerging from slump


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano had a big offensive game Friday night during a 14-10 loss to the Giants in Miami. Ruggiano hit two home runs in the game.

Ruggiano belted a solo shot off starter Chad Gaudin in the fourth inning and added another solo blast off Barry Zito in the ninth. He now has 14 homers on the year.

Ruggiano finished the game 3 for 4 with four RBI. He added his 10th double of the season and now has 37 runs driven in to go with his .209 batting average.

That is back-to-back three-hit games for Ruggiano, who has five RBI in a two-game span. It is nice to see him heating up as he's still gone just 10 for 75 (.133) since the beginning of July.

Justin Ruggiano willing to show versatility


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2013) With the emergence of a variety of young options, the Marlins are pretty crowded in the outfield all of a sudden. That has left Justin Ruggiano as the odd-man out more often than not recently, especially given his recent slump.

Ruggiano knows he might not be long for the roster as an outfielder, so he has been trying to show the team his willingness to learn a new position in recent weeks. According to MLB.com, Ruggiano has been working out at first base with infield coach Perry Hill recently.

"I've been probably bothering [Hill] more than he wants me to, just to get some work in over at first," Ruggiano said. "Just to get somewhat of a comfort level, if they got into a pinch, or if they actually wanted me to work over there. Either way."

Ruggiano is hitting .200 on the season with 12 home runs, 12 stolen bases and 32 RBI. He is planning on playing in the Dominican Winter League in the offseason to get more work in, and hopes to stay with the Marlins moving forward, along with their their young nucleus.

"To be a part of this team right here, and what we're doing and where they're headed, whatever role they would have me in, I'd love to be here," Ruggiano said. "I enjoy the staff here. I think we're going to have a really good future ahead of us. We have such a talented group of young arms here. And a lineup that is shaping up nicely. It's going to be fun."


Justin Ruggiano has month to forget


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano had a terrible month in July. Not only did Ruggiano tie Mike Jacobs for the franchise record for most consecutive at-bats without a hit (33), Ruggiano became the first player in club history to total at least 60 plate appearances and hit less than .100, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Ruggiano hit .069 (4 for 58) with one double, one home run and four RBI in 19 July games (14 starts).


Justin Ruggiano a candidate to be dealt


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano is a likely candidate to be dealt, according to MLB.com.

With the Marlins promoting Jake Marisnick and Christian Yelich, Ruggiano is set to lose signifcant playing time. Though he leads the team with 12 home runs, Ruggiano is mired in an 0 for 30 slump. He's hitting just .202/.281/.369 in 282 at-bats. 


Adeiny Hechavarria takes over leadoff spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Marlins manager Mike Redmond moved shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the top of the lineup before Saturday's game against the Brewers, the Miami Herald reports.

Hechavarria had three singles Friday night against the Brewers and is hitting .444 in July. Justin Ruggiano is in an 0-for-20 slump and was dropped to No. 7 in the lineup.

Report: Justin Ruggiano drawing trade interest


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano has drawn trade inquiries from interested teams, the Sun Sentinel reports. However, the team isn't movitated to trade Ruggiano, who will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason.

Ruggiano has hit .225/.290/.414 with 12 home runs, 31 RBI and nine stolen bases in 249 at-bats.


Justin Ruggiano trying to stay healthy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been receiving extra time off, including Friday's game against the Padres, in an attempt to keep him fresh while he deals with a left shoulder strain. Ruggiano did not play Friday, giving him two days off in a row, but he is expected to return Saturday, according to MLB.com

Ruggiano, who has been playing through the injury since Sunday, said he can manage the pain with some additional rest.

"It really didn't bother me much the other day," he said. "I could only think of one swing where it hurt. It is one of those things."

Ruggiano has yet to undergo an MRI for the shoulder, and he thinks he can keep playing while resting and rehabbing in his off days. Ruggiano continues to play against every left-handed pitcher, while splitting time against righties. 


Justin Ruggiano back in action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Twins after missing Tuesday's game with a shoulder injury. Ruggiano finished 1 for 4 with a single in the fifth inning in a 5-3 win. He has a .228/.296/.416 line through his first 65 games.

Justin Ruggiano returns to Marlins' lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano is back in Wednesday's lineup after missing Tuesday's game with a sore shoulder, the club announced. Ruggiano missed just one game with the injury. He is hitting .228/.297/.419 in 64 games this season.

Justin Ruggiano scratched with shoulder issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano was forced from Tuesday's lineup against the Twins, due to a shoulder injury. Ruggiano injured his left shoulder diving for a ball during the team's previous series against the Giants, and manager Mike Redmond is not sure how long it will keep him out.

"We'll see if it's a short-term deal, long-term deal or what," Redmond told the Miami Herald. "We'll just have to play it by ear."

Ruggiano hit two home runs in his previous game, so it is not clear how long his shoulder has been an issue. He is day to day for now until the team has a more clear picture of his injury status moving forward. 


Justin Ruggiano showing extreme home run splits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano has hit 11 home runs, but none have come at home. 

Marlins Park is known for being pretty large, and it seems to have affected Ruggiano. He's hitting just .200/.281/.250 at home. His numbers are improved on the road, where's he's hitting .246/.308/.522. Ruggiano saw his playing time decrease recently, but could start seeing more time after a strong game Sunday. 


Marlins playing the hot hand in left


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2013) The Marlins will likely ride the hot hand in left, according to MLB.com.

Justin Ruggiano was a surprise start against Matt Cain Sunday. Ruggiano has been playing against left-handers, but got the start because manager Mike Redmond wanted added power in the lineup. Though Juan Pierre was playing well in June, with a 14-game hitting streak at one point, Ruggiano could see more time after Sunday's game.