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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Chris Valaika
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Chris Coghlan
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Felix Doubront
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Brian Schlitter
8Kyuji Fujikawa
9Jacob Turner