Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 Months

Bruce was a late scratch from Wednesday's game with an illness.

Bruce will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Ludwick, who will enter in left field, while Skip Schumacher will shift to right field. The illness that is ailing Bruce hasn't been released yet but, unless it's something serious, it shouldn't keep him out of the lineup long.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 5 Months

Bruce went 3-for-5 against the Indians on Tuesday, clubbing his 11th home run of the season while picking up two RBI.

The roundtripper snaps a frustrating 71 at-bat homerless streak for Bruce, whose 11 put him on a pace well below the 30+ he racked up in each of the last three seasons. Bruce has been a disappointment all-around in 2014 for owners, as his average of .225 is 28 points lower than his career average of .253 and his 43 RBI pale in comparison to the 109 he knocked in last season. Still, the 27-year-old Texan will be given every opportunity to get back on track for the Reds, who -- despite being barely above .500 at 57-56 -- are only 4.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central and will be fighting for a playoff spot in the final quarter of the season. Also, he's 7-for-15 over his last three games and appears to be heating up. Keep him active.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 5 Months

Jay Bruce will return from the bereavement list on Friday.

Bruce is missing the first of three games on Tuesday following the death of his grandfather. The Reds are using Skip Schumaker in right field Tuesday.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 5 Months

Reds placed OF Jay Bruce on the bereavement list.

Bruce can spend three to seven days on the bereavement list. The Reds have called up Curtis Partch to take his spot on the active roster.