Ruggiano adds right-handed hitting depth
MIAMI — The Marlins on Sunday added another right-handed bat to their bench.
A day after acquiring Justin Ruggiano in a Minor League trade, the outfielder was headed to the big leagues.
Ruggiano, a right-handed hitting outfielder, was obtained on Saturday from the Astros for Minor League catcher Jobduan Morales.
The Marlins on Sunday announced they selected Ruggiano’s contract. The team also optioned outfielder Kevin Mattison to Triple-A New Orleans. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ruggiano, right-hander Jose Ceda was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
In 39 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ruggiano batted .325 with five home runs and 29 RBIs.
Ruggiano, 30, has big league experience. Last year with Tampa Bay, he appeared in 46 games and he hit .273 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.
He’s appeared in a total of 98 MLB games. He also saw limited action with the Rays in 2007 and 2008.
On Sunday, the Marlins look to take three of four from the Giants at Marlins Park.
Ricky Nolasco gets the start for Miami, with San Francisco going with Matt Cain.
1) Reyes, SS
2) Infante, 2B
3) Ramirez, 3B
4) Stanton, RF
5) Morrison, 1B
6) Petersen, CF
7) Buck, C
8) Coghlan, LF
9) Nolasco, P
— Joe Frisaro