Reds activate Jay Bruce from disabled list

May 21, 3:52 PM

The Cincinnati Reds activated outfielder Jay Bruce from the disabled list Thursday, less than three weeks after the 27-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Bruce last played on May 4, and did not require a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues.

A two-time All-Star, Bruce did not enjoy an especially strong start to his 2014 campaign, managing a .715 OPS (98 OPS+) with three home runs through his first 30 contests.

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May 21, 2:28 PM

Reds manager: Bruce could be activated 'very, very soon'

May 21, 2:28 PM

The Cincinnati Reds did not activate Jay Bruce when he was first eligible to come off the disabled list, but the 27-year-old's return to the lineup appears to be imminent, manager Bryan Price told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Bruce has appeared in just four games this month, as the two-time All-Star underwent surgery on May 5 to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee. Over 30 games this season, Bruce is hitting .216/.352/.363 with three home runs and five stolen bases.

May 6, 4:58 PM

Reds officially place Jay Bruce on the disabled list

May 6, 4:58 PM

The Cincinnati Reds put Jay Bruce on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and could be without the outfielder for up to a month after he underwent knee surgery Monday to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.

Roger Bernadina's contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move to take Bruce's spot on the roster. 

The tear in the knee was not detected until Sunday night, after Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup, but was able to make an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the game against the Brewers.

The Reds are in danger of losing another important outfielder, as Billy Hamilton could be on his way to the DL as well. He suffered a sprain of the third and fourth knuckles on his left hand Sunday and wasn't able to grip the bat after taking three swings Monday in an attempt to return.

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May 5, 4:56 PM

Reds' Jay Bruce has successful surgery

May 5, 4:56 PM

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Monday and is expected to miss four weeks in recovery. 

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the surgery "went well", and that a trio of players will be tasked with replacing Bruce's output. 

"The guys who are going to get more playing time, like [Roger] Bernadina -- if he comes back -- and [Skip] Schumaker and [Chris] Heisey are going to have to step up. I think getting more regular playing time could help some of these guys, too." Jocketty said. 

Bernadina will be recalled to the team when Bruce is officially placed on the disabled list on Tuesday, just one day after he accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Lousville. 

Jocketty went on to suggest that Bruce's injury could provide some explanation for the slow start to his season. 

"This may be an indication, because this is something that has been bothering him for a while, it may have been an indication -- I'm not saying it was, but it could explain (his numbers)," Jocketty said. "It's his left leg, and hopefully he comes back 100 percent and takes off like he's capable of."

Bruce is hitting .216/.352/.363 with three home runs and 14 RBI. 

May 4, 10:26 PM

Report: Reds' Bruce to have surgery to repair torn meniscus; expected to miss 3-4 weeks

May 4, 10:26 PM

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce's absence from the lineup will be an extended one after he was scratched from Sunday's game with left knee soreness. 

Earlier in the day, manager Bryan Price told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he wasn't sure of when or how the injury occurred.

"I don't know the genesis of it. But it's sore enough that we had to make the change."

The 27-year-old is off to a slow start this season, hitting .218/.355/.366 with three home runs and 14 RBI while also striking out 31 times in 29 games. 

May 4, 2:06 PM

Reds' Jay Bruce not in the lineup Sunday against Brewers

May 4, 2:06 PM

Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was a late scratch for Sunday's contest against the Brewers due to left knee soreness, the team announced.

The Reds' slugger is off to a slow start this season, hitting .218/.355/.721 with three home runs through 29 games.