Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 3 months ago

Ruggiano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday, the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports.

Ruggiano's specialty is supposed to be hitting lefties, but he was hitting just .214 before getting designated for assignment. He could be back up later this season if the Mariners have need of an outfielder, but his fantasy value is at an all-time low.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 3 months ago

Ruggiano was designated for assignment Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

With Mark Trumbo acquired in a trade that sent Welington Castillo to Arizona on Wednesday, the Mariners needed to replace Ruggiano with a backup catcher, Jesus Sucre. Ruggiano hasn't provided much at the plate this season, owning a .214/.321/.357 slash line through 70 at-bats. He does have a strong record against southpaws, and could thus draw some interest on waivers.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 3 months ago

Ruggiano could be released when the Mariners need to add an extra reliever to their six-man bullpen, possibly as soon as this weekend.

The Mariners, who sometimes used an eight-man bullpen last season, likely will need another relief arm soon. Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks, neither of whom is hitting higher than .200, are redundant as right-handed backup outfielders. Dustin Ackley is also terrible at the plate, but his status as the 2009 second overall pick likely gives him a pass. The M's could also demote Chris Taylor and move Brad Miller back to shortstop.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 3 months ago

Ruggiano is in the lineup Monday against Tampa Bay, Shannon Drayer of ESPN reports.

Ruggiano, who logged only a pinch-hit at-bat Sunday, will take over in center field for Dustin Ackley. In 33 at-bats this month, Ruggiano is hitting just .182 with 14 strikeouts, three RBI and two home runs.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 3 months ago

Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a double, his second homer, two RBI and two runs in Wednesday's win over Baltimore.

After doing nothing all year long, Ruggiano has suddenly rapped out four hits -- three for extra bases -- over the last two games. He's proved himself fantasy-relevant before, but it wouldn't be wise to count on Ruggiano reliving the glory days in a part-time role with the Mariners.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 4 months ago

Ruggiano is out of the lineup Saturday, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.

The Mariners said Ruggiano would see most of the playing time in center field while Austin Jackson was out, but this is the second straight day he has been out of the lineup. Given his right-handedness, the Mariners appear to be instead opting to play Dustin Ackley in center field when a righty is on the mound with Nelson Cruz playing the outfield and Brad Miller playing DH. Ruggiano should still be in the lineup most nights when a lefty is on the mound for the opposing team.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 4 months ago

Ruggiano will absorb most of the playing time in center field with Austin Jackson (ankle) on the 15-day disabled list, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Ruggiano is batting .222 with eight strikeouts in 27 at-bats this season. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that Ruggiano would get the majority of the playing time in center in Austin Jackson's absence. It's unclear how long Jackson will be out with the ankle injury, but Ruggiano should see an uptick in production in his stead.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 4 months ago

Ruggiano is not in the lineup Thursday against Houston.

After starting the last three games, Ruggiano will move to the bench as Seth Smith enters the lineup in right field. Ruggiano went 1-for-5 with a double and a run in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 4 months ago

Ruggiano, batting leadoff for the first time this season, walked twice, stole a base and scored two runs in a win at Texas on Monday.

Ruggiano has had limited playing time as the right-handed platoon with Seth Smith in left field. The Mariners' leadoff possibilities are slim, so maybe he could stick atop the order.

Justin Ruggiano OF LAD 5 months ago

Ruggiano will get the start in left field Tuesday.

This is expected to be a regular occurrence when a lefty is on the mound and Tuesday it happens to be a mediocre lefty in C.J. Wilson, making Ruggiano an interesting play in daily leagues.