August 4, 2011; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (middle) is congratulated by left fielder Justin Ruggiano (16) after hitting a 3-run home run in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Marlins acquire outfielder Ruggliano from Astros

With starting center fielder, Emilio Bonifacio out for 4 to 6 weeks, the Miami Marlins needed outfield depth. The Marlins today completed a trade with the Houston Astros to get some outfield depth.

The Marlins and Astros completed a trade Saturday that sent outfielder Justin Ruggiano to Miami and Minor League catcher Jobduan Morales to Houston.



Ruggiano, 30, has appeared in 98 games of Major League games, with the Tampa Bay Rays, in which he hit .226 with 23 RBIs and six homers. This season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he has hit .325 with five home runs. During his Rays’ tenure, Ruggiano saw time at all three outfield spots.

Ruggiano will initially will report to Triple-A New Orleans and could be an option for the Marlins to call up soon.

Jobduan Morales was selected in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft by the Miami Marlins. Morales, 20, hit .275 in 55 games between Single-A Greensboro and Rookie Level Jamestown last season. Morales has spent the 2012 season in extended spring training, and will likely do the same for the Astros.

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