The Mets have signed recently released journeyman outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who last played with Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate Round Rock Express. Ruggiano is active for tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies, batting seventh and playing center field.
In 44 games with Triple-A Round Rock, Ruggiano hit .226 with seven home runs, 23 RBIs, and a .748 OPS. He was released Friday by the Texas organization, having spent just three days at the beginning of the season on the MLB roster.
Ruggiano will fill the 25-man roster spot vacated by Jose Reyes, who has been placed on the disabled list with a Grade I intercostal strain on his left ribcage. Reyes left the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals feeling pain after an at-bat, and has not been able to play since. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, Reyes cannot swing right-handed with this injury.
Juan Lagares was also placed on the disabled list earlier this week after undergoing surgery on his thumb, opening a spot in the Mets’ outfield for Ruggiano.
The Mets will hope the 34-year-old Texan finds success similar to James Loney, who also had been playing in Triple-A before being traded to New York for cash considerations. Loney is batting .288/.340/.451 in 50 games since joining the Mets.