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Ruggiano Demoted After Loss

Posted Jun 22, 2008 by Aaron Knox

Updated Jun 22, 2008 at 05:35 PM

The Rays announced after today’s 3-2 loss to Houston that OF Justin Ruggiano had been optioned to Triple-A Durham. The team is expected to recall IF Ben Zobrist before traveling to Miami today for the Tuesday start of a three-game series against the Marlins.

With SS Jason Bartlett’s wife about to give birth and expected to miss a day or two, Zobrist gives the team infield depth.

Also, 1B Carlos Pena is scheduled to take batting practice with the team Tuesday in Miami. An x-rays Sunday revealed that Pena’s fractured finger on his left hand is healing, but has not progressed to the point where he can play. His return was optimistically predicted for the Pittsburgh series this weekend, but it might be pushed back to the Boston series at Tropicana Field June 30-July 2.

Reader Comments

Por (Bryce) on June 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I love the Rays, but lets be honest, hitting has become a problem. The Rays don’t score enough runs, strikeout too much, don’t walk enough and leave too many men on base. The middle of the order is not getting enough multiple hit games, they don’t string together consecutive hits and rarely hit the sac fly when presented. They have a bunch of .260 hitters. BJ only has five hrs
which is ok if your hitting .320 not if your the number 3 hiter hitting .286.
The Rays need a superstar bat in that line-up of avg. to good hitters, I hope they can solve this because they have a shot at the wild card if they can improve just slightly.

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Por (Casey) on June 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Why bring up Zobrist? I thought Longo did a fine job filling in at SS, Zobrist can’t hit AAA pitching let alone in the MLB, besides they will just have to release him when Pena comes back. Ruggiano might help win a game in the meantime. I hope they don’t screw up Justin like they have Gomes, by not giving enough AB’s. Next season both Justin and Jonny will be gone and will haunt the Rays like so many former Rays this year, Hamilton, Guillian, Huff, etc.

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Por (RICH) on June 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

GUESS WE MAY NOT SEE RUGGS TILL SEPT. <> JUST CALL HIM [ YO-YO ] <> I THINK HE HAS A GOOD SHOT AT THE [R]FIELD SPOT NEXT SPRING <> ALSO I CAN SEE GOMES PLAYING [OF] FOR THE NATS OR PADRES <> HE NEEDS AN EVERYDAY SPOT <> AS FOR THE RAYS HITTING STRUGGLES LONGO MIGHT STEP UP AND THINGS WILL BE BETTER ONCE PENA IS HITTING !!!

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Por (RAYSNATION) on June 23, 2008 (Suggest removal)

nice to see Ruggs got a shot..what a joke!the kid never had a chance,all so that bum Gabe Gross can inhabit RF..Rays need to check their priorities,if they had no intention of giving Ruggs a shot then why even have him here wasting away..Reminds me of our backup catcher Riggans who never plays..if they dont want to play these guys then leave them in the minors so they can play,as for Zobrist..Hes not worth even commenting on…

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