Reds might rest scuffling Bruce soon

Reds might rest scuffling Bruce soon

CLEVELAND -- On Saturday, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce played in his 31st consecutive game since his big league promotion. The rookie has been rested from the lineup just once thus far.

That could change, as manager Dusty Baker is contemplating giving a rest to Bruce, who has been scuffling at the plate. He came into Saturday's game mired in a 0-for-10 slide with five strikeouts.

"I'd like to rest him again, maybe [Sunday]," Baker said.

In his last 12 games entering Saturday, Bruce was batting .128 (6-for-47). After a super hot start to his Major League career, the 21-year-old's overall batting average has dipped to .278 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.

"It's just a matter of pitch selection, and they found a way to pitch him," Baker said. "Now, he has to make the adjustment to what they're trying to do to him. If you can hit, the easiest time is going to be when you first get here before anybody learns you. Pitchers talk. They watch video. Pitching coaches watch video to try and find a way to attack you."

Bruce, who made his second start in left field Saturday, is far from the only Reds hitter not having a good road trip offensively. In the seven games heading into Saturday, Cincinnati hit .214 (50-for-234) and scored 19 runs for an average of 2.71 runs per game.

"We've got a lot of guys that haven't swung well, which I think is [because] we're facing good pitching in this American League," Baker said. "Toronto, I think, has one of the best pitching staffs I've seen. We faced C.C. [Sabathia] last night. This guy was the Cy Young Award winner [last season in the AL]. How many left-handers are there around that throw 96-97 mph?"

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.