Dodgers pick up Ruggiano from Mariners
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reacquired Minor League outfielder Justin Ruggiano and received cash from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.
Ruggiano, 33, was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2004 Draft and was traded in 2006 with Dioner Navarro and Jae Seo to Tampa Bay for Toby Hall and Mark Hendrickson. Ruggiano played for current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman at Tampa Bay.
"It's been many years since I've been here with this team and gone through a lot," Ruggiano said before Tuesday's game vs. the Giants, in which he was slotted to play left field and bat sixth. "I'm really excited to be here. I was drafted by this team and to come full circle and be back is really exciting for me."
Ruggiano has played parts of seven seasons in the Major Leagues, including 36 games for the Mariners. But at the time of the trade he was playing at Triple-A Tacoma and hitting .296 with 10 home runs.
To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved right-hander Josh Ravin to the 60-day disabled list with a left hernia injury. Ruggiano gives the Dodgers outfield depth in the wake of hamstring injuries to Yasiel Puig and Kiké Hernandez. Ruggiano favors left-handed pitching and is a career .266 hitter against left-handers with a .505 slugging percentage.
"With Yasiel down, it puts us in a little bit of a bind so the thought process was to get a guy that's been good against lefties in the past. Justin has been that guy," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
• The Dodgers also recalled right-hander Joe Wieland from Triple-A Oklahoma City. After Monday's 14-inning win over the Giants that saw the Dodgers' bullpen throw nine innings, Mattingly said he wanted an extra reliever in the bullpen with his current group being depleted.
Wieland was 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA for Oklahoma City this season.