Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 3 weeks 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.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 1 month ago

Ruggiano is slated to platoon with left-handed Seth Smith in right field, but he could pick up at-bats against right-handers in left field and center field, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The Mariners trust Ruggiano to play all three outfield spots and likely will be used to give Dustin Ackley, in right, and Austin Jackson, in center, time off. Ruggiano is better against lefties (.846 OPS last season), but he holds his own against right-handed pitchers (.786).

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 3 months ago

Ruggiano and platoon mate Seth Smith are tentatively penciled in as the Mariners' No. 2 hitters this season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

If the career norms hold up, the Mariners should get steady production from their duo in right field. Last season, Ruggiano had a .337 OBP over 81 games for the Cubs, which should enable him to rack up a decent number of runs scored for a player on the small side of a split with the likes of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager behind him in the order if McClendon's current plans hold up.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 3 months ago

Ruggiano agreed to a one-year, $2.505 million contract with the Mariners on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Ruggiano was traded to the Mariners from the Cubs in the offseason after serving in a reserve role i9n 2014. He finished the season with a solid .281/.337/.429 batting line with six home runs and 28 RBI, and figures to compete for the Mariners' starting right fielder job in 2015.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 4 months ago

Ruggiano was traded to the Mariners on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Ruggiano was the fourth man in the Cubs' outfield, but has been moved to the Mariners, where he could compete for a spot in right field. The 32-year-old hit .281/.337/.429 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 2014 with the Cubs.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 6 months ago

Ruggiano (ankle) was activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

An ankle injury forced Ruggiano out of action in mid-to-late August and ultimately ended his season, and he also battled hamstring and groin issues throughout the year, but the 32-year-old posted a respectable .281/.337/.429 batting line in his 81 games in 2014. That said, he'll likely have a hard time earning a starting role in spring training, as Chris Coghlan, Arismendy Alcantara and Jorge Soler looked pretty well locked in, but Ruggiano figures to break camp as the team's top reserve outfielder.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 8 months ago

Ruggiano (ankle) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Ruggiano's move to the 60-day DL comes as no surprise. He won't play again this season and the move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the plethora of call-ups the Cubs announced Tueday.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 8 months ago

Ruggiano (ankle) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left ankle Friday and is out for the year, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Ruggiano must have received bad news from the specialist he visited Friday, and will now miss the remainder of the season. Jorge Soler was called up to replace him on the roster, and with Ruggiano's contract finished at the end of the season, his future with the Cubs is questionable.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 8 months ago

Ruggiano (ankle) will visit a specialist, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

The Cubs will send Ruggiano for an examination to gauge the true extent of the ankle issue, with his soreness failing to subside in recent days. A possible return date for Ruggiano is currently up in the air -- he's eligible to come off the DL on Sept. 7 -- but his opportunities will likely be limited upon activation, as top prospect Jorge Soler is expected to see most of the time in right field over the remainder of the season.

Justin Ruggiano OF SEA 8 months ago

Ruggiano (ankle) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Ruggiano's move to the DL clears the way for the beginning of the Jorge Soler era, as the top prospect was recalled from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. The Cubs would clearly like to see Soler shine immediately in right field and lock down the positions for seasons to come, so barring a total collapse on the 21-year-old's part, it's unlikely that Ruggiano sees regular action once he returns from the DL.