Jay Bruce RF CIN 6 Days

Jay Bruce returned to the lineup Tuesday and contributed an RBI double in the Reds' loss to the Brewers.

Bruce was given Monday off after he started the second half 0-for-11, and he responded with his 19th double to get the Reds on the board in the fourth inning. It was his first extra-base hit since July 8. Bruce is streaky and is currently in a down period, but fantasy owners need to stick with the talented 27-year-old as he works to break out of his funk.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 7 Days

Jay Bruce is not in Monday's lineup against the Brewers.

Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats, so Reds manager Bryan Price wants to give him a breather. Skip Schumaker will start in right field Monday while Donald Lutz plays first.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 20 Days

Jay Bruce clubbed a two-run homer in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.

Look who is heating up. Bruce has now gone deep in three consecutive games, with all of them coming against left-handed pitchers. It's been a disappointing first half for the 27-year-old, but he has serious rebound potential the rest of the way.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 21 Days

Jay Bruce is playing first base for the Reds on Monday.

Joey Votto is out with a quadriceps injury, so Bruce is moving in from right field. It's his first career start at first base and he may get more while Votto recovers. Bruce is batting cleanup and Brandon Phillips is batting third for the Reds on Monday night versus the Cubs.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 22 Days

Jay Bruce slugged a go-ahead eighth-inning two-run homer in the Reds' 4-2 defeat of the Brewers on Sunday.

The big fly snapped a career-worst 0-for-26 skid for Bruce, who hadn't gone deep since June 21 and has only eight total home runs this year. The 27-year-old outfielder is fully capable of bouncing back for a big second half and seems like a good buy-low candidate in fantasy leagues. The Reds are six games back of the Brewers in the National League Central standings.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 Month

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Bruce put the Reds up early with a first-inning RBI double, then added another RBI double in the sixth as part of a three-run frame. The outfielder has had a mediocre year at the plate, but has swung the bat better lately as he is now on a six-game hitting streak. Bruce owns a .230/.324/.408 slash line with seven home runs, 29 RBI, and eight stolen bases.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 Month

Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk, and three runs scored Friday against the Blue Jays.

His home run gave the Reds an 8-0 advantage in the second inning, but the Reds ended up squandering the early lead. Bruce made a rapid return from knee surgery, but he's hitting just .220 (20-for-91) with three home runs and 31/7 K/BB ratio in 25 games since coming off the DL. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he'll begin to look like his usual self the further removed he is from surgery.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 Months

Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

Bruce's sixth-inning solo shot off of Hyun-Jin Ryu padded the Reds' lead to 3-0, but it was more than enough support for starter Johnny Cueto. The slugger has scuffled since coming off of the disabled list on May 23, entering Wednesday's contest with a .590 OPS in 16 games since. Bruce has a meager .217/.326/.373 with five home runs and 21 RBI on the season.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 Months

Jay Bruce had a two-run homer, a sac fly and a stolen base Saturday against the Phillies.

That's better. It's his first homer in 12 games since he came off the DL and first in 26 games overall. He actually has more steals (seven) than homers (four) this year, which is quite an odd sight from a guy who entered the year with 164 career homers and 36 stolen bases.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 Months

Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Bruce made a rapid return from knee surgery, but he's hitting just .178 with zero homers and 20 strikeouts in 45 at-bats since returning to action. It's ugly right now, but fantasy owners have no choice but to remain patient.