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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.

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Bruce is not in the Reds' lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.

With the Reds out of playoff contention, they will take a look at Yorman Rodriguez, who was called up on Sept. 1, but has yet to start a game. Bruce has been a major disappointment in fantasy this year, but he'll be a major bounce back candidate in 2015, as his age (27) and track record of four straight 25-plus homer campaigns prior to this season should outweigh any lingering questions about his struggles in 2014.

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Bruce is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.

The Reds have not offered an explanation for Bruce's absence, so it appears to simply be a day off for the outfielder. The Reds will go with Chris Heisey in right field versus Cards' starter Michael Wacha.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

Manager Bryan Price has decided to leave Bruce on the bench for the finale against Baltimore, even with a right-hander on the hill and the DH option available to him. It speaks volumes to the season Bruce has had -- he admitted recently that it has been a "miserable" campaign -- and it wouldn't be a surprise if Bruce sat more frequently over the final weeks, with the team turning its attention to 2015.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Bruce is 0-for-16 with six strikeouts in his career against Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano, so it comes as little surprise that manager Bryan Price will stash him on the bench Sunday. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Chris Heisey.

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Bruce went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Cubs.

Bruce just can't get going on a consistent basis this year. He went just 3-for-25 on the Reds' recent seven-game homestand.

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Bruce is out of the lineup Saturday against the Braves.

Manager Bryan Price will give Bruce a day off -- why didn't do so Friday against lefty Mike Minor is anyone's guess -- opening the door for Chris Heisey to step in at right field against right-hander Ervin Santana. It's been a massively disappointing season for Bruce, as his .675 OPS is more than 120 points below his career mark.

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Bruce was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four total RBI Monday in an extra inning loss to the Cardinals.

Bruce tied the game with an RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth, but St. Louis would end up walking off in the tenth. Bruce is having a down year, slashing .224/.300/.392 with 14 home runs in 380 at-bats.

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Bruce (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the loss to the Rockies.

Bruce's struggles against Jorge De La Rosa continued Thursday. He'll face two more left-handers in this four-game series in Coors Field in Franklin Morales on Friday and Yohan Flande on Sunday.

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Bruce (illness) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

A late scratch from Wednesday's lineup, Bruce was evidently just dealing with a short-term virus, as he's penciled in to return Thursday against lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Bruce is batting .189/.253/.422 against left-handed pitching this season and is 1-for-7 with three strikeouts in his career against De La Rosa, but he'll once again bat second for the Reds on Thursday.