Bruce gets breather with day game looming

Bruce gets breather with day game looming

NEW YORK -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets. Bruce was 2-for-11 lifetime versus Mets starter Johan Santana, but that wasn't the only reason.

"It's just manager's decision," Reds skipper Dusty Baker said. "If I don't give it to him today, he's not going to get it anytime soon. Late night, day game tomorrow. We need to get [Ryan] Ludwick started so he can DH at Yankee Stadium."

Chris Heisey started for Bruce in right field, while Ludwick played left field. With the Reds in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, other regulars could soon get a break. That includes Joey Votto, who has started every game this season.

"Everybody is going to get a day. I just have to decide when and against whom," Baker said.

Bruce is batting .361 with seven home runs over his last 22 games.