SAN FRANCISCO -- The search for improvement in the outfield led to another roster move on Saturday.
The Giants designated Drew Stubbs for assignment and purchased the contract of Justin Ruggiano from Triple-A Sacramento. Ruggiano, 35, was in camp with the Giants but agreed to go to the minors to continue rehabbing a shoulder injury and get additional at-bats. He was hitting .259 at the time of his promotion. His minor league deal with the Giants did include an opt-out if he did not get called up by a specific date.
Ruggiano can play all three outfield spots and he brings a very specific skill when healthy. In his career, he is a .275/.338/.527 hitter against left-handed pitching.
Stubbs signed with the Giants after being let go by the Twins at the end of the spring. He was 2-for-22 with nine strikeouts.
The Giants continue to struggle to get any production out of left and center field. Denard Span (shoulder) is currently in Arizona rehabbing at the club facility, and he hopes to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento before this road trip is over. Melvin Upton Jr. was thought to be a possibility but he's out two months after surgery. Steven Duggar, the top center field prospect in the organization, is still sidelined by an injury suffered in the spring.