Ruggiano out again with back spasms

Ruggiano out again with back spasms

Ruggiano out again with back spasms
ATLANTA -- A steady downpour on Tuesday night at Turner Field did more than dampen the Marlins' night.

The long rain delay helped lead to Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano being hampered by back spasms.

Ruggiano felt a pull in his back while making a throw after the game was held up for one hour and 53 minutes due to the rain. He stayed in the game, and Miami lost, 7-1.

The back still isn't right, and Ruggiano on Thursday was out of the lineup for the second straight game. He wasn't expected to be available to pinch-hit either.

Ruggiano said he may be ready on Friday when the Marlins play a doubleheader in Washington. Still, it isn't guaranteed he will be in the lineup.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said it is unlikely Ruggiano would be ready for Game 1, and Game 2 is questionable.

"I don't expect him at least the first game tomorrow," Guillen said. "He might be available to pinch-hit, might be. He's not on the field doing anything baseball [related]. Maybe we have to wait another day. I don't think he will be ready tomorrow.

"He's not doing any baseball situations. I'm not counting on him when I can't."

One of the pleasant surprises this season, Ruggiano is batting .355 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. Since early July, he is batting .340 on the road, with five home runs and nine RBIs.

Ruggiano isn't the only outfielder dealing with an ailment. Bryan Petersen tweaked the AC joint in his right shoulder on Wednesday night while trying to run down Paul Janish's RBI double in the second inning.

Petersen got a late jump on the ball.

"I feel like it was a catchable ball anyway," Petersen said.

The lighting at Turner Field is regarded as a problem for many outfielders. There are no strands of light behind the outfielders. The fly ball Petersen tried to track down was at dusk, and it was difficult to pick the ball up right away.