"In Spring Training, I had only 35, 40 at-bats, and for me to say I feel comfortable, it usually takes 60 to sometimes even 100 [at-bats]," Ruggiano said. "The more at-bats, the more comfortable I get, the more pitches I see, the more I can make adjustments. Sometimes you can come out and be hot right out of the gates, sometimes it takes awhile. For me, it's just getting into a rhythm."
He did miss time after suffering a strained left hamstring in late April. He hasn't been able to run as much as he'd like, preferring to take a cautionary approach.
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