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Justin Ruggiano | Outfielder

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Ruggiano went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run on Saturday against the White Sox.
With two runners on base, Ruggiano swatted a home run off of Zach Putnam in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie. Ruggiano will platoon with Seth Smith in right field for the Mariners. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has a career .266/.329/.508 slash line against left-handed pitching. Mar 7 - 6:30 PM

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Mariners and OF Justin Ruggiano avoided arbitration but agreeing to a one-year, $2.505 million contract.

Ruggiano was arbitration-eligible for a second time. Acquired from the Cubs via trade last month, Ruggiano is set to platoon with Seth Smith in right field in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:45 PM

Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reported that the deal was done. Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 over 81 games in 2014. Health will be the primary concern with Ruggiano, though, as he underwent ankle surgery near the end of the 2014 campaign. He will compete for a starting job and, if nothing else, should be a serviceable backup bat for the M's.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 12:35:00 PM

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Cubs and Mariners had discussed a possible trade involving OF Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 in 81 games during the 2014 season, though he was hampered by an ankle injury that required surgery in late August. When healthy, he provides a serviceable depth bat. The Mariners have also been connected to Marlon Byrd, though the team is on Byrd's no-trade list.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 11:41:00 AM

Cubs activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 60-day disabled list.

Ruggiano missed the final month of the 2014 season due to ankle surgery. The 32-year-old outfielder is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Cubs transferred OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Ruggiano underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle last week.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 02:14:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

Ruggiano wasn't likely to make it back before the end of the season had he opted to rest and rehab instead, so the surgery makes sense. It also allows uber-prospect Jorge Soler to man right field for the remainder of the season.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 06:38:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano will see a specialist for his sprained left ankle this week in Dallas.

Ruggiano has been out since last Friday and isn't making much progress, so the Cubs will try to get a more exact diagnosis. Jorge Soler was promoted from Triple-A Iowa when Ruggiano was placed on the disabled list and the talented 22-year-old is expected to finish out the 2014 season as Chicago's everyday right fielder. Ruggiano will return as a bench bat, if he returns at all.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Cubs placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 23, with a sprained left ankle.

Ruggiano was due for a drop in playing time, anyway, with the promotion of Jorge Soler. He'll be a bench bat when he returns next month.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano (ankle) missed his third straight start Tuesday.

Ruggiano is nursing a sore left ankle. "He's still managing it," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll see how to proceed with him. It's day to day." While Ruggiano's injury might not be serious, he's due for a big dip in playing time with Jorge Soler slated for a promotion on Wednesday.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:17:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano was scratched from Saturday's starting lineup due to left ankle soreness.

Ryan Sweeney replaced Ruggiano as the Cubs' right fielder and No. 5 hitter.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:44:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, but the Cubs lost to the Giants on Thursday.

Ruggiano put the Cubs on top 2-1 with a two-run home run off of Madison Bumgarner in the bottom of the first inning. The Cubs' lead, however, would dissipate in the coming innings. Ruggiano has six on the season along with 28 RBI and a .283/.339/.430 slash line.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 12:27:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Mets.

It was Ruggiano's fifth homer of the season and one of just a few bright spots for the Cubs. The ball club lost 7-3 despite outhitting the Mets. On the season, Ruggiano's slashing .280/.336/.408. Guys like him will never be on the fantasy radar, but they do a nice job of helping the real deal clubs.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:48:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano singled and scored a run in four at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Ruggiano exited Wednesday's game due to leg fatigue, but he's fine. He's batting .281/.338/.410 with four homers and 25 RBI over 74 games for the Cubs this season.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 03:50:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano left Tuesday's game against the Brewers with leg fatigue.

He'll be fine in a day or two. Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI single before exiting.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Carson Smith
7Tyler Olson
8Dominic Leone
9Edgar Olmos
10David Rollins