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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 (ankle) is not in the Cubs' Opening day lineup on Monday against the Pirates.
Ruggiano had to be scratched from a couple late-spring Cactus League games due to left ankle soreness, and it is apparently still bothering him. Emilio Bonifacio is starting in center field on Monday afternoon. Mar 31 - 9:58 AM

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Justin Ruggiano (ankle) was scratched from Wednesday's lineup.

Ruggiano was scratched Tuesday due to left ankle soreness and evidently isn't back to 100 percent quite yet. However, there's no indication that he's at risk for missing the start of the season. Consider him day-to-day.
Mar 26 - 2:28 PM

Justin Ruggiano was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to left ankle soreness.

Consider him day-to-day for now. Ruggiano will likely split playing time in the Cubs' outfield this season and his speed/power combo could make him a decent play in NL-only leagues.
Mar 25 - 2:35 PM

Justin Ruggiano homered and drove home three runs, powering the Cubs to a 10-8 victory over the Brewers in Cactus League action on Sunday.

The 31-year-old outfielder finished the day 3-for-3 and is now hitting an impressive .583 (7-for-12) with two homers and seven RBI on the spring season. He's likely to hit in the middle of the Cubs lineup, and while his batting average will be a detriment, his nice blend of power and speed should give him significant mixed league value.
Mar 9 - 9:05 PM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI on Tuesday against the Athletics.

Ruggiano, the Cubs' new outfielder, drove in a run with a ground-rule double in the first inning. He then hit a two-run home run off of Tommy Milone in the third inning.
Mar 4 - 7:08 PM

Cubs and OF Justin Ruggiano avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Ruggiano requested $2.45 million and was offered $1.6 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. Acquired from the Marlins in December, the 31-year-old figures to serve on the short side of a platoon in Chicago's outfield in 2014.
Jan 29 - 3:43 PM

Justin Ruggiano requested $2.45 million and was offered $1.6 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Aside from a brutal stretch in the middle of the season, the 31-year-old outfielder was fairly productive for the Marlins in 2013. He owns a dazzling combination of power and speed and should be an attractive fantasy option as long as he earns everyday at-bats for the Cubs.
Jan 17 - 7:12 PM

Cubs acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for OF Brian Bogusevic.

Ruggiano is coming off a down year in which he batted .222/.298/.396 in 128 games, but he hit 15 out of his 18 home runs on the road. The opportunity for playing time should be there with the Cubs and he could rebound in a more hitter-friendly environment.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald hears that the Marlins are about to trade Justin Ruggiano.

No word on where he's headed or what the Marlins will get in return. Ruggiano, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, batted .222/.298/.396 with 18 homers and 15 stolen bases this past season.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:29:00 AM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are listening to offers for outfielder Justin Ruggiano.

Ruggiano is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and the penny-pinching Fish want to see if they can move him for some rebuilding parts or to fill their vacancy at third base. The 31-year-old had 18 homers and 15 stolen bases in 128 games this past season, but he also batted just .222 with a .298 on-base percentage.
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Wed, Dec 11, 2013 08:46:00 AM

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the Marlins' loss to the Phillies on Tuesday.

Ruggiano collected two of the Marlins' seven hits in the game, driving in the team's only run with a double in the second inning. The RBI was his 50th of the season. He also stole his 15th base of the season in the game, a new career high.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:45:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano belted his 18th home run of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Marlins dropped the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals.

The solo blast off Stephen Strasburg in the second inning was the only hit for Ruggiano in his four trips to the plate on the night. Despite hitting just .223/.296/.403, the 31-year-old outfielder has been useful in most fantasy formats thanks to his combination of power and speed which has generated 18 homers and 14 stolen bases on the season in 121 games.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 10:40:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Giants on Friday.

Ruggiano finished the night 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBI. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning, where he promptly homered off Chad Gaudin. His second blast was a solo shot off Barry Zito in the ninth to cap the scoring for the Marlins. After an 0-for-43 stretch, Ruggiano has now turned in consecutive three-hit efforts.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Justin Ruggiano snapped his 0-for-42 skid by going 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Marlins' 5-2 defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

Ruggiano was promptly caught stealing after his first single, but he made up for it with a couple of more knocks later on. The hits were his first since July 8. He's a candidate to be traded this month if anyone thinks he'd be an asset off the bench. Obviously, he looked like more of one a couple of months ago than he does now.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 05:51:00 PM

Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins have received inquiries about Justin Ruggiano.

Rodriguez says the Marlins "aren't actively shopping" Ruggiano and aren't "all that motivated" to trade him at this point. Of course, Ruggiano will be arbitration-eligible over the winter and will be further squeezed out of the outfield picture when Christian Yelich arrives, so a deal certainly can't be ruled out. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that the Yankees and Rangers are potential suitors for him.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 08:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker