Tuesday, October 26, 2010

YAQUIS PLACE RUGGIANO, SELLERS ON DL; CLARK ALSO AILING

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano (pictured) has been placed on the disabled list by the Obregon Yaquis. The 28-year-old Ruggiano, who hit .287 with 15 homers and 24 stolen bases with Durham of the Class AAA International League last summer, was batting .278 for the Yaquis before going on the DL last week for an undisclosed reason. Braves minor league first baseman Barbaro Canizares has been brought in as a replacement. Canizares hit .341 for AAA Gwinnett in 2010.

The Yaquis also put shortstop Justin Sellers on the DL due to right shoulder ailments. Sellers, who hit .285 with 14 homers in 85 games for the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate in Albuquerque this year, was just 2-for-13 for Obregon in four games before being shelved. Sellers was replaced on the Yaquis roster by pitcher Luis Mendoza, who went 10-9 for the Royals’ AAA Omaha affiliate and pitched four times for Kansas City.

Another ailing extranero, outfielder Doug Clark, has taken the past week off for what the Yaquis’ team website called “health causes.” Clark, who has played the last three years in Korea, was batting .316 in five games before sitting down October 18.