Justin Ruggiano was called up after Gabe Kapler landed on the 15-day DL with a hip flexor strain. Prior to being called up, Ruggiano was hitting .291 with four home runs, 19 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 44 games. He did suffer from a bicpes problem that had him on the bench for a couple of weeks but are still decent numbers in the mean time. Ruggiano hasn’t played in the majors since 2008. “It’s been a year,” Ruggiano said. “I was gone all of last year and it’s been a few months this year. So I was happy to get the phone call. Feels like my first time.”
One of the other players that most of us have anticipated to be apart of our outfield, Matt Joyce, has only played in 18 games for the Durham Bulls since his shoulder surgery. In 67 at bats, he is hitting .343, 1hr, and has 10 RBI’s. Im guessing he’s still not 100% yet or he would be up here instead of Ruggiano. Lets face it, Ruggiano cant play any worse than “Old Man Willy”, Gabe Kapler.