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Cubs activate outfielder Justin Ruggiano, option outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa

SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs today activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa.

Ruggiano, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 24, with a left hamstring strain suffered the day before in the ninth inning vs. Arizona. In six injury rehabilitation games with Iowa beginning May 19, Ruggiano batted .143 (3-for-21) with a double, three walks and three runs scored.

SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Cubs today activated outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Iowa.

Ruggiano, 32, landed on the disabled list, April 24, with a left hamstring strain suffered the day before in the ninth inning vs. Arizona. In six injury rehabilitation games with Iowa beginning May 19, Ruggiano batted .143 (3-for-21) with a double, three walks and three runs scored.

In his first season with Chicago, Ruggiano is batting .229 (8-for-35) with a double, a home run and six RBI in 14 games, and owns a .313 average (5-for-16) against right-handed pitching. After starting the season hitless in his first five games, Ruggiano batted .333 (8-for-24) with a .929 OPS in nine games, April 9-23, prior to his injury.

Ruggiano owns a .251 career batting average (236-for-942) with 50 doubles, two triples, 38 home runs and 115 RBI in 331 games with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011), Miami (2012-13) and the Cubs. He set career marks last season with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 128 games for the Marlins.

Kalish, 26, is hitting .242 (22-for-91) with two doubles, three triples and four RBI in 39 games for the Cubs after making an Opening Day active roster for the first time in his career. 

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