Cubs Announced Justin Ruggiano Out for the Season, Updates Provided on Ryan Sweeney and Edwin Jackson

The Cubs announced Friday that Justin Ruggiano had season ending arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. Ruggiano was placed on the DL Aug. 27 retroactive to Aug. 23 and he recently saw a specialist in Dallas about discomfort in the ankle.

The Cubs acquired Justin Ruggiano at the end of the Winter Meetings last December from the Marlins for Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano avoided arbitration with the Cubs and agreed on a $2 million contract. Ruggiano has two more seasons of club control before he becomes a free agent.

After a slow start and spending time on the DL, Justin Ruggiano finished the season with a .281/.337/.429 slash line in 81 games. Ruggiano hit 13 doubles, a triple and six home runs for a .766 OPS.  Against lefties, Ruggiano hit .305/.333/.512 with six doubles, a triple, three home runs and a .846 OPS.

Ryan Sweeney

The Cubs placed Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day DL Aug. 27 with a strained left hamstring. According to multiple reports, Sweeney is at the Cubs complex in Mesa rehabbing the injury. Sweeney could return before the end of the season.

PrintRyan Sweeney has played in only 77 games this season and is hitting .251/.304/.338 with nine doubles, three home runs and a .642 OPS. Sweeney is under contract for the 2015 season for $1.5 million

Edwin Jackson

According to multiple reports, Edwin Jackson will throw a bullpen while the Cubs are in St. Louis. Jackson is recovering from a strained right lat that landed him on the disabled list Aug. 1.

The Cubs expect Edwin Jackson to come off the DL before the end of the season and possibly make one more start.

It would help the front office if Edwin Jackson could make one more start and make it his best outing of the season. Multiple reports have suggested the Cubs would like to trade Edwin Jackson this off-season.

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