Baker giving Bruce a couple days off
Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker is giving slumping outfielder Jay
Bruce a couple days off.
Bruce hit .213 in July and is batting .200 in August. He’s
hitless in his last 12 at-bats with seven strikeouts.
Baker said Friday the slump is ”like being in quicksand” and
called the time off a ”last resort.”
Even with Bruce slumping and slugger Joey Votto sidelined since
July 15, Cincinnati entered Friday 2 1/2 games ahead of
second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Xavier Paul was in the starting lineup for Bruce on Friday.
Third baseman Scott Rolen was also held out of the lineup for a
third straight game due to a sore back.