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Bruce went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cubs, dropping his line to .164/.261/.328 on the year. "I'm just missing pitches right now, that's the bottom line," said Bruce. "The at-bats are not over when it needs to be. I'm getting behind in counts, and I'm not doing what I need to be doing."

Four of those at-bats came with runners in scoring position, including a bases loaded at-bat in the 10th inning. The slow start is a carryover from Bruce's desultory 2014 campaign, when he hit just .217 with 149 strikeouts. He already has 24 strikeouts in the first 17 games of the season.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 3 days ago

Bruce hit a grand slam Tuesday in a win over the Brewers, driving in his first runs in six games.

Despite his power outburst Tuesday, Bruce has still only recorded on multi-hit game this season, and has struck out a combined four times in his past two games.

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Bruce hit a solo homer off of lefty Francisco Liriano in Monday's win over the Pirates, and also drew a walk.

The homer against a lefty isn't actually that rare for Bruce - he has 27 homers over the last three years against southpaws. But he also had a paltry .556 OPS against lefties last season.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 month ago

Bruce (calf) returned to spring training action Saturday, going 0-for-3.

The Reds are slowly starting to get everyone back in the fold. Billy Hamilton is due back in action Sunday.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 month ago

Bruce (calf) is expected back in the lineup Saturday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Bruce was tentatively penciled in to return to the lineup Friday, but manager Bryan Price decided it was best to play it safe and give the 27-year-old one more day. Prior to suffering the right calf strain, Bruce was off to a strong start to spring action, going 4-for-10 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI in five games.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 month ago

Bruce (calf) could return to the lineup Friday against the Dodgers, the Reds' official site reports.

Bruce missed both Wednesday and Thursday due to the calf injury, but it appears the issue is minor and he should be good to go assuming there are no setbacks.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 month ago

Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's spring training game with a strained right calf.

After dealing with a knee issue last season that limited him even after he returned, it's obviously discouraging to see Bruce suffer an injury in his other leg. That said, this ailment doesn't appear to be as serious so he could be back on the field without missing too much time. Chris Dominguez will slide over to right in Wednesday's game in his absence.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce homered to the left of the batter's eye in center field in Sunday's spring training game against the Mariners, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Bruce didn't have any homers to dead center or left-center last season, in part because he didn't have the knee strength to generate the power the opposite way. His knee is fully strengthened after taking the offseason to recover, and Sunday's homer might be a good demonstration of that.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 months ago

Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

Bruce is 0-for-16 in his career against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, so manager Bryan Price decided to give him the day off Saturday. Yorman Rodriguez will cover right field in Bruce's place.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 months ago

Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored against the Brewers Thursday.

Bruce has had a disappointing 2014 season, currently sitting at a .219/.284/.377 batting line with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. He will fail to reach the 20 home run mark for the first time in his career if he doesn't hit two in the next three games.