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Ruggiano, Petersen ailing in Marlins outfield

ATLANTA -- Justin Ruggiano -- arguably the Marlins most consistent player next to Jose Reyes -- was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row because of back spasms.

Ruggiano said he tweaked his back throwing a ball back into the infield following Tuesday night's 1 hour, 53 minute rain delay in a 7-1 loss to the Braves. He hasn't swung a bat since.

"I may be ready [Friday]," Ruggiano said. 

Bryan Petersen, who tweaked the AC joint in his right shoulder attempting to make a diving catch in Wednesday's 4-2 win over Atlanta, could be out a little longer.

Petersen, who dropped a fly ball that allowed the Braves' to score their first run, said he had trouble picking the ball up in the lights at Turner Field during the twilight hours.

"It was definitely a catchable ball," Petersen said. "It's just really hard to see here."