Good news from Marlins home run and RBI leader Justin Ruggiano.
The shoulder he injured diving for a ball in San Francisco over the weekend isn't the same one that caused him to miss the final few weeks of the season and pained him throughout the off-season.
"Last year I couldn't lift my [right] arm up for week and I had rehab all off season," Ruggiano said. "This is minor compared to what happened last year. The bone bruise is what kept me out. This right now is no bone bruise. It's just a strain in the back of rotator cuff or something like that. We all have that as baseball players."
Ruggiano was originally supposed to get the start in left Tuesday against the Twins, but was pulled from the lineup after complaining about shoulder pain. He said he was able to loosen it up enough to tell skipper Mike Redmond he would be available to pinch hit. Ruggiano did in the seventh and struckout swinging.
"Hopefully whatever pain I have right now it goes away," he said. "I'm definitely coming in early tomorrow and trying to get back in that lineup."
> Winning has definitely made the Marlins clubhouse a more fun place.
Redmond, whose team has won 12 of their last 21 games, took some credit for Derek Dietrich's seventh inning home run, which snapped an 0-for-17 stretch at the plate.
"He made a simple adjustment for that at-bat. He couldn't find his elbow guard. I told him don't wear the elbow guard and he hit a home run," Redmond said with a smile on his face. "That's coaching -- you got to have some stuff for these guys."
We've pretty much known for awhile Ricky Nolasco's future would likely include a ticket out of Miami at some point prior to the July 31st trade deadline.
Well, his trade rumors continued to pick up steam Tuesday as the Marlins were preparing to open up a quick two-game set with the Twins.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Tuesday the Marlins have been aggressively working to move Nolasco as soon as possible. FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal later reported the most likely destination for Nolasco is the NL West.
But as opposed to Olney's report, Rosenthal writes: "The Marlins are 'kicking around' names in a potential Nolasco trade with clubs, sources say, but their talks have not progressed to the point where a deal is close."
PIERRE BACK IN LEADOFF SPOT
Justin Ruggiano's big day Sunday against the Giants did nothing to buy him more playing time. Juan Pierre is back in left field and at the top of the lineup Tuesday.
> Marlins (25-50): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Ed Lucas 3B, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Logan Morrison 1B, 5. Marcell Ozuna CF, 6. Rob Brantly C, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Derek Dietrich 2B, 9. Jose Fernandez RHP.