{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Injured hand keeps Bruce out of lineup

Bruce sitting, nursing hand

|
CINCINNATI -- The back of his right hand still smarting from absorbing a CC Sabathia fastball, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was missing again from the lineup Monday.

Bruce was hit by the pitch on Saturday vs. the Brewers and exited the game. Although X-rays were negative, he did not play at all on Sunday and has yet to pick up a bat.

"I'm just icing and treating it right now and trying to get it as better as I can," Bruce said. "I want to try to get back in there by sometime in Houston."

The Reds begin a road trip on Tuesday vs. the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Bruce was not considered available to pinch-hit during Monday's makeup game against the Marlins.

"He's available for defense," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I can't imagine it's a whole lot better today."

Like he did on Sunday, Jerry Hairston Jr. started in right field again for Bruce.

Bruce is batting .260 with 21 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. He was batting .292 (19-for-65) with seven homers and 12 RBIs over his last 19 games.

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

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español