Extra bases

• Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano, placed on the disabled list Wednesday with left foot inflammation, flew to Dallas to see a specialist on Thursday.

Ruggiano -- who was batting .323 games with nine doubles, four homers and 20 RBIs his last 44 games -- was to be reevaluated.

• Triple-A Iowa opens its final homestand Friday, and the club needs to win all four games against Oklahoma City to make the playoffs. Northern Division leader Omaha would have to lose three of its final five games in order for Iowa to win the division. Lefty Chris Rusin (8-13, 4.24 ERA) was scheduled to start on Friday for Iowa.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.