The New York Mets have placed outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the disabled list after he aggravated the left shoulder injury he suffered last month. Mets manager Terry Collins said the team had no sense of when he would be able to return. Ruggiano was hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games.
To replace Ruggiano, infielder T.J. Rivera has been recalled and according to Terry Collins he will likely see some time in the outfield while with the big league team. Rivera has played eight career minor league games in the outfield, all in left field. He was hitting .314 in 11 previous games with the Mets.
Original Report – Aug 26
Mets outfielder Justin Ruggiano departed tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning with shoulder discomfort.
Ruggiano has been very solid for the Mets in limited action this year, hitting .389/.450/.772 in seven games entering tonight’s game for the Mets.
The 34 year old veteran has hit at a .258/.322/.440 clip in his eight year career as a journeyman.
Ruggiano spent the first half of this season with the Texas Rangers before joining the Mets last month.
Though the Mets have a plethora of outfielders, Ruggiano was efficient in a small role this year. More reports to come as the severity of the injury breaks.