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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
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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. Jul 25 - 1:58 PM

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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.
Jul 24 - 9:29 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Ruggiano got the Cubs on the board in the first inning with a sacrifice fly, and he later delivered an RBI single. The outfielder, who missed a significant portion of the first half with a hamstring strain, is now hitting .291/.357/.442 with 22 RBI and 23 runs scored in 58 games.
Jul 22 - 10:48 PM

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.
Jul 11 - 7:58 PM

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.
Jul 6 - 6:05 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI single in Friday's win over the Nationals.

Ruggiano took Tanner Roark deep in the third inning and then plated Darwin Barney in the ninth with a single to extend the Cubs' lead. The 32-year-old outfielder has started to heat up at the dish, batting .444 (12-for-27) with two homers and nine RBI across the last seven contests. He worth using in deeper leagues.
Jul 4 - 2:20 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 3-for-6 with a homer and five RBI in the Cubs' 16-9 defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

The Red Sox kicked a field goal in the ninth, but it merely brought them to within a touchdown. Ruggiano, Mike Olt, Wilkin Castillo and Nate Schierholtz all homered for the Cubs in a 19-hit game. Every starter scored a run, and only Anthony Rizzo failed to drive in a run. It was Ruggiano's first career five-RBI game. He'll probably parlay it into more starts against right-handers in the coming days.
Jul 3 - 12:35 AM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

The Nationals had fought back to tie the game in the top half of the seventh, but Ruggiano's two-run double in the bottom half, off of Craig Stammen, put the Cubs back on top and proved to be the difference. Prior to Wednesday's pinch-hit double, Ruggiano had been in an 0-for-19 stretch. Overall, he is slashing .294/.326/.413 with two home runs and 10 RBI on the season.
Jun 26 - 10:48 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 0-for-15 slump over the last week.

The Cubs just haven't been able to cobble together much of an outfield this year, particularly with Nate Schierholtz struggling so mightily. Ruggiano should really only be in there against lefties, but he was starting against another righty tonight. Since he's not stealing bases -- he's 0-for-3 this year -- he doesn't have much to offer fantasy leaguers.
Jun 23 - 11:47 PM

Cubs activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list.

Ruggiano missed a little over four weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. The 32-year-old outfielder was batting just .229 with a .651 OPS, one home run, and zero stolen bases in 14 games before the injury.
May 26 - 1:02 PM

Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with a run scored Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

Ruggiano might only need another couple of games before he's cleared to rejoin the Cubbies. The 32-year-old has been sidelined since late April with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.
May 20 - 9:20 AM

Justin Ruggiano (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Ruggiano has been sidelined the last three weeks with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. Barring a setback, he should be activated by the Cubs later this week.
May 18 - 8:52 AM

Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring.

That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks. Ruggiano suffered the severe hamstring strain Wednesday while attempting to track down a fly ball along the treacherous right-field line at Wrigley Field. He was placed on the disabled list on Thursday.
Apr 24 - 11:11 AM

Cubs placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring injury.

Ruggiano injured himself Wednesday while attempting a sliding catch near the right-field bullpen area at Wrigley Field. He had to be helped into the dugout and could be out for much longer than 15 days.
Apr 24 - 10:56 AM

Justin Ruggiano will have X-rays done on his injured left hamstring.

Ruggiano left Wednesday's game after making a sliding attempt on a fly ball in the ninth inning. He had to be helped off the field, an indication that the injury could be serious. At this point, a trip to the disabled list seems likely.
Apr 23 - 6:07 PM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
2Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4James Russell
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Schlitter
9Kyuji Fujikawa