Slimmed-down Bruce arrives at camp early

Slimmed-down Bruce arrives at camp early

Slimmed-down Bruce arrives at camp early
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was among the early arrivals to Spring Training on Monday. Bruce, who was listed at 225 pounds last season, arrived noticeably trimmer. He said he dropped 15 pounds -- all of it since Redsfest in early December.

"I changed my diet, but it's not that big of a deal. I feel a little better," Bruce said.

Bruce didn't do any hitting on Monday but did conditioning work. Among the activity, he was jumping rope outside of the club's weight room.

"I wanted to get [my weight] down a little bit. This is as light as I've been in a long, long time," Bruce said. "I still feel as strong as ever. Taking 10-15 pounds off your joints every single day will hopefully help over a full season. The main thing is to stay healthy. That's my plan and my goal."

Bruce played 157 games last season and batted .256 with a career-best 32 home runs and 97 RBIs.

Reds position players don't have to report until Friday. Bruce and his fiancee made the trip from Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday.

"Drove all the way through," Bruce said. "We left at 5:15 a.m. and got in at 10:30 last night. Glad to be here and I'm excited."