Ruggiano experiences back tightness
JUPITER, Fla. — While fielding a ground ball in drills on Thursday, Justin Ruggiano experienced lower back tightness.
Last season, Ruggiano dealt with back spasms.
Being it is so early in Spring Training, the Miami outfielder will take it easy for a couple of days.
“It’s not fun,” Ruggiano said. “It’s annoying, frustrating. I’m angry that I have not got a hold on what to do.”
Ruggiano enters Spring Training as the frontrunner to be the Opening Day center fielder.
The Marlins already face the likelihood that Logan Morrison will not be ready for Opening Day.
Morrison, recovering from right knee surgery, hopes to play sometime in April. On Thursday, he began a running program on an anti-gravity treadmill.
Also on Thursday, Giancarlo Stanton hit in the cages. The All-Star right fielder, who was plunked on the back of his head by a pitch on Wednesday, expects to return to practice on Friday.
– Joe Frisaro