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The Cubs dealt outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Mariners Wednesday for Minor League pitcher Matt Brazis, opening a spot on the 40-man roster. Ruggiano, 32, batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 81 games for the Cubs last season, but missed time because of a left hamstring injury suffered in late April. His season ended on Aug. 22 when he fractured his left ankle.
Brazis, 25, is 8-6 with 14 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 100 Minor League relief appearances over three seasons for the Mariners. He split last season between Class A High Desert and Double-A Jackson, going 4-1 with six saves and a 2.36 ERA in 40 appearances. Brazis struck out 84 batters and walked 18 in 72 1/3 innings pitched.
The Cubs do want to add a veteran outfielder, but were looking for players with more experience to be what manager Joe Maddon calls “clubhouse dudes” and help mentor the young guys.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs officially activated outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day disabled list, which puts the 40-man roster at 37. Ruggiano was placed on the DL on Aug. 27 with a left ankle injury, and did not return. On the same day, Sweeney was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain.
* Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is done for the season after undergoing a debridement on his left ankle. In his first season with the Cubs, Ruggiano batted .281 in 81 games with six home runs, 13 doubles and 28 RBIs. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 23, and had returned to Dallas to see a specialist, where he had the procedure done.
* The Cubs had more encouraging news regarding outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who was headed to Arizona to begin a rehab assignment at the team’s complex. Sweeney has been on the DL since Wednesday with a left hamstring strain.
* Manny Ramirez, who was a player/coach at Triple-A Iowa, was placed on the Minor League team’s disabled list with a knee injury. GM Jed Hoyer said they were impressed with how Ramirez mentored the young players, particularly Jorge Soler and Javier Baez.
“We feel really good about the way that the entire experience went,” Hoyer said. “He was outstanding in Iowa. People focus on Soler and Baez, but Kris Bryant, [Chris] Valaika, and the coaching staff sing his praises. I don’t know what our relationship will be going forward. It’s too early to speculate on that. I’m really happy for Manny. It seems like he’s in a really good place.”
Would Ramirez consider being a full-time hitting coach? Hoyer said the 42-year-old outfielder still wants to play.
“Until a guy is willing to admit he’s done, it’s hard to have those conversations [about coaching full time],” Hoyer said.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs open a four-game series against the Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada gets the start. This is also the first of four straight games against left-handed starters. Justin Ruggiano is back after missing some time because of a sore groin. Here’s the lineup:
Jake Arrieta starts Tuesday night against the Giants. Justin Ruggiano is in the lineup for the Cubs, his first game action since being activated from the disabled list on Monday. Ruggiano will start in left in place of Junior Lake, who was 5-for-19 on the current road trip. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa. Ruggiano, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 24, with a left hamstring strain suffered the day before in the ninth inning. In six injury rehabilitation games with Iowa beginning May 19, Ruggiano batted .143 (3-for-21) with a double, three walks and three runs scored.
Kalish, 26, is hitting .242 (22-for-91) with two doubles, three triples and four RBI in 39 games for the Cubs after making an Opening Day active roster for the first time in his career.
Iowa scored two runs in the first but that was it in a 4-2 loss to Round Rock. Justin Ruggiano, assigned to Iowa for a Minor League rehab, singled in his first at-bat. Javy Baez doubled and Ruggiano scored on Chris Valaika’s groundout. Josh Vitters followed with a two-out RBI single, and that was it. Chris Rusin did post a quality start but took the loss, and now is 2-6.
Kris Bryant hit a pinch-hit, two-run double with two outs in the fifth and Charlie Cutler drove in a run in the seventh with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to lift Tennessee to a 3-1 win over Mississippi. Bryant was scratched from the starting lineup because he felt ill. But he batted for pitcher Pierce Johnson, and delivered a key hit. Tony Zych picked up the win.
Wilson Contreras hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the eighth to help Daytona beat Fort Myers, 4-2. Albert Almora had two hits and threw two runners out. He’s batting .279. Nathan Dorris, promoted from Kane County, blew a save but ended up with the win in relief.
Kane County’s game against Wisconsin was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Tuesday.
Justin Ruggiano will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Iowa, joining the team when it faces Round Rock. He’s been sidelined because of a hamstring strain. However, Ryan Sweeney took a step back, according to manager Rick Renteria, and he’s not close to starting a rehab assignment. Sweeney also is out with a hamstring strain.
The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa, placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day DL, and optioned Blake Parker to Iowa. Manager Rick Renteria says he’ll go with 13 pitchers for the time being. Ruggiano has a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring and will be out three to four weeks. He felt a pop in his leg as he approached the bullpen mound trying to chase down a ball on Wednesday in the ninth. Renteria says they don’t need another outfielder because they can use Emilio Bonifacio in center.
* Starlin Castro may have only played three Cactus League games, but that was enough to convince Cubs manager Rick Renteria to insert the shortstop into the No. 3 spot in the Opening Day lineup.
“Wherever he puts me, I’ll try to do my job,” said Castro, who missed time because of a right hamstring strain suffered March 2.
Renteria wanted speed at the top of the lineup and went with Emilio Bonifacio and Junior Lake ahead of Castro, who also could lead off in games.
“I think I have some flexibility with the guys,” Renteria said.
* Justin Ruggiano did not start Monday against the Pirates’ Francisco Liriano because of a tender left ankle.
“He had a sore ankle at end of spring and we’re just trying to make sure we give him one more day and then we have a day off [Tuesday] and he’ll be ready to go the following day,” Renteria said.
* Top prospects Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler will open the season at Double-A Tennessee. Soler, however, will be slowed because of a sore hamstring. Arodys Vizcaino, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was assigned to Class A Daytona to take advantage of the warm weather. Vizcaino will be on a structured program for the first month.
— Carrie Muskat