Justin Ruggiano spent most of the early portion of 2016 in the minors and suffered from a couple different injuries once he got called up, limiting his 2016 campaign to just 56 games and only nine in the majors. The 34-year-old actually looked surprisingly good at the plate, albeit in limited work, hitting .333 with a pair of home runs in 24 at-bats combined between the Rangers and Mets. Ruggiano's season was cut short, though, as he went under the knife for shoulder surgery in mid-September, which could put his availability for the beginning of spring training in question. The outfielder found a home with San Francisco on a minor league deal. Even though he's hit pretty well over the past few seasons when given the chance, he'll likely be a fourth or fifth outfield option if he's able to crack the Giants' 25-man roster out of the spring.
Ruggiano (shoulder) is 1-for-15 with one walk and nine strikeouts through seven spring games. His time with the Mets last season was cut short due to a shoulder injury which ultimately required surgery. The shoulder has not kept him off the field this spring but Ruggiano has gotten off to a slow start at the dish. Meanwhile, Mac Williamson has already hit a pair of homers. The Giants also have Gorkys Hernandez on the roster, so while there's plenty of time left in spring training, Ruggiano is looking like a long shot to break camp with the big club.
Ruggiano (shoulder) signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports. Ruggiano will compete to be a right-handed platoon partner with Jarrett Parker in left field, but will be behind Gorkys Hernandez and Mac Williamson in the pecking order. It is unclear if the contract comes with an invite to spring training. He underwent shoulder surgery in September but is expected to be ready to go for spring training.
Ruggiano (shoulder) was outrighted off the 40-man roster by the Mets on Friday, but elected free agency. Ruggiano produced fairly well at the plate, but his season was cut short after he underwent shoulder surgery in mid-September. The 34-year-old can play all three outfield spots and has shown some flashes of excellence at the plate, so he could be a NRI sleeper for any team willing to sign him the fact that he's still recovering from the shoulder issue.
Ruggiano hit his second home run in a 1-for-3 game with a walk in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals. Ruggiano is off to a hot start for the Mets, with two home runs out of his six hits to go with six RBI in just three games since he came off the disabled list August 18. With Jay Bruce struggling, Ruggiano could be in line for many more at-bats if the Mets opt to ride the hot hand.
Ruggiano went 3-for-5 with a grand slam against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and two runs scored in Thursday's 10-7 loss. The outfielder got only three games and six at-bats in with the Mets before hitting the DL with a hamstring injury at the start of August, but he returned with a bang against one of the game's best pitchers. Of course, Ruggiano's always been known for his platoon splits (.861 career OPS against lefties, just .694 against righties), so he'll likely only crack the lineup when the Mets are facing southpaws.