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Ruggiano is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.

There has been no word of a setback with the groin injury that has cost Ruggiano time recently, but it seems the team will be mindful of his workload in the short-term as to avoid aggravation. Ryan Sweeney will draw the start in right field against right-hander Zack Wheeler.

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Ruggiano (groin) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Brewers.

Ruggiano missed Wednesday's contest due to groin injury, but it was considered to be minor, as the outfielder was said to be available to pinch hit. He wasn't needed in this role, but will return to action in right field for the Thursday afternoon contest. When healthy, Ruggiano should play right field on most days, as Nate Schierholtz was placed on release waivers Wednesday after being designated for assignment a week earlier.

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Ruggiano is out of the lineup Wednesday due to a groin injury, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

Ruggiano missed some time late last month with a groin issue, but this setback is not considered serious and he will be available to pinch hit Wednesday. Perhaps the team will take precaution and give Ruggiano another day off Thursday, but it seems likely he'll be good to go for the majority of the Mets series.

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Ruggiano is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

Ruggiano has made four straight starts in right field, but will give way to Chris Coghlan on Wednesday, while Junior Lake takes over in left. Ruggiano has hit safely in seven of his past eight games, but has just one RBI so far in August.

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs have "rebuffed inquiries" from the Yankees and others for Justin Ruggiano.

Heyman says the Cubs plan to hang on to both Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan, as they value their bats next year more than the second-tier prospect that they'd receive in return. Both Ruggiano and Coghland are under team control through 2016.

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Justin Ruggiano returned to action on Friday July 25.

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Justin Ruggiano (groin) is available to pinch-hit Friday.

Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday due to some tightness in his groin. The outfielder has made enough progress that he can swing a bat, but he's yet to be cleared to play the field.

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Justin Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday due to some tightness in his groin.

Ruggiano was feeling better Thursday and has been doing extra exercises with the Cubs' athletic trainers. It sounds like he should avoid a stint on the disabled list. "It's important that we make sure he maintains work with [the trainers]," manager Rick Renteria said.

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Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-5 and drove home a pair of runs, including the game-winner in Friday's 5-4 triumph over the Braves.

Ruggiano delivered an RBI single in the third inning, then plated Arismendy Alcantara with an RBI knock in the ninth to deliver the Cubs the walk-off win. He has really picked up the pace offensively in recent weeks, and is now hitting .286/.358/.449 with 19 RBI on the season. His blend of power and speed make him a very attractive option as a fourth or fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.

Justin Ruggiano OF CHC 1 Month

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.

Ruggiano has been red hot at the plate of late, as Sunday was his fourth straight multi-hit game and his sixth in his last eight starts. The double was his 10th, and he's hitting .286/.364/.476 overall. He's certainly an NL-only asset, and his ability to do a bit of everything makes him a consideration in deeper mixed leagues when he's getting regular playing time.