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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 1 month 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.

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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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 months ago

Bruce went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three RBI in Sunday night's 7-2 win over the Cardinals.

Struggling to a dreadful .149/.143/.213 slash line over his previous 15 games, Bruce broke out of his most recent slump in a big way. The 27-year-old slugger has put up one of the most disappointing efforts of any MLB regular here in 2014, so maybe Sunday's two-homer performance will set the stage for a strong final week.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 months ago

Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Bruce will get his second day off in three games, as Donald Lutz will get the chance to start in right field. With the Reds out of contention and facing the final game of their series against the Cubs, manager Bryan Price is electing to give most of the regulars a day off.