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Baker gives Bruce a needed day off

Baker gives Bruce a needed day off

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Baker gives Bruce a needed day off
CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was given a break from the starting lineup vs. the D-Backs on Tuesday. Chris Heisey started in right field in Bruce's place.

"He's feeling OK. He's not looking OK is he?" manager Dusty Baker said. "Exactly, that's why he's getting the day off. It's either pay me now or pay me later and look up his record after the All-Star break and guys that don't get a break. I told him to chill and show up at 5 o'clock and don't hit too much."

Bruce, who appeared in last week's All-Star game in Kansas City, is 3-for-16 (.188) in four games since the break and 8-for-45 (.178) in July. He entered the day batting .246 overall and his 18 home runs and 57 RBIs were ranked in the top 10 of the National League.

"Sometimes you're doing too much," Baker said. "It's getting late. You need your energy. You need your strength. Sometimes 110 percent is too much sometimes. It's mental and emotional when you're not getting hits."

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