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Justin Ruggiano | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 4 - 4:25 PM

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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.
Sep 2 - 2:14 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.
Aug 29 - 6:38 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.
Aug 28 - 10:45 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.
Aug 27 - 3:27 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.
Aug 26 - 10:17 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.
Aug 23 - 12:44 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.
Aug 22 - 12:27 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.
Aug 16 - 11:48 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.
Aug 15 - 3:50 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.
Aug 12 - 11:03 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Ruggiano's RBI single in the second inning got the Cubs on the board. The multi-hit game was his first since July 22. Even so, the outfielder has hits in seven of his last eight games, raising his overall line to .282/.339/.413.
Aug 12 - 10:50 PM

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 Coghlan are under team control through 2016.
Jul 28 - 11:24 PM

Justin Ruggiano (groin) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday's victory over the Cardinals.

Ruggiano had been on the shelf since Tuesday due to tightness in his groin. He still hasn't been cleared to play the field, so expect it to be another couple of days before he is able to return to the starting lineup.
Jul 26 - 4:35 AM

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.
Jul 25 - 1:58 PM