Bruce gets breather; Heisey starts in right field

Bruce gets breather; Heisey starts in right field

CHICAGO -- Right fielder Jay Bruce received his first day off this season Saturday at Wrigley Field, as manager Dusty Baker gave Chris Heisey his second straight start against the Cubs.

Baker deemed Saturday the "perfect day" to give Bruce a breather. Not only is Bruce just 2-for-15 in his career against Cubs starter Paul Maholm, but Baker also was able to give his two left fielders consecutive starts.

Heisey, who started in left and hit a two-run single Friday, replaced Bruce in right, while Ryan Ludwick started in left. Baker said he plans to start Ludwick in Sunday's series finale.