Knee surgery has knocked Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce out of the lineup for four weeks. The surgery of his left knee was completed Monday after Bruce complained of knee pain Sunday. Bruce is the latest Reds player to go on the disabled list in a season that has been marred by injuries to key players.
Bruce was taken out of the Reds lineup Sunday just before game time, but did manage to pinch-hit in the seventh inning of a division game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He had told Reds manager Bryan Price he could hit but could not run. Bruce struck out on three pitches in his only at bat against the Brewers. Roger Bernadina will take Bruce’s spot on the roster after clearing waivers Sunday. He had just been sent down to AAA Louisville to make room for Skip Schumaker, another victim of the disabled list.
Cincinnati won their second straight game over the National League Central leading Brewers 4-3 on a walk-off double from Todd Frazier in the 10th inning Sunday. Brandon Phillips had tied the game at 3-3 in the eighth inning with a solo blast.
Aroldis Chapman may come off the disabled list Friday – Even when the Reds get good news it seems to be tempered with bad news. Even so, the arrival of Chapman would be a welcome sight for Price and his bullpen. The left-handed stopper has recorded 38 saves each of the past two seasons and his presence on the roster allows Price to set a strengthened bullpen again.
Chapman pitched last Thursday and Saturday for minor league affiliate Dayton, and reportedly felt normal and ready to contribute again. He also hit 101 mph on the radar gun. Chapman will make a start at AAA Louisville Tuesday and pitch one inning and then throw again on Wednesday or Thursday before joining the Reds back in Cincinnati.
“He’ll pitch a couple times for Louisville and then meet us back here when we come off the road,” Price said.
The Reds take three of four from Milwaukee – The knee surgery that sidelined Bruce is a setback but it does not diminish the Reds satisfaction from taking three out of four from the Brewers, and moving to within five games of Milwaukee in the loss column.
Johnny Cueto picked up his third win of the season, as he fanned 10 over eight innings of three-hit ball in Saturday’s victory over the Brewers. He has now gone at least eight innings in each of his last four starts, and has compiled 55 innings this season in seven appearances. His ERA now stands at 1.31.
The Reds will now travel to Boston for a two game set with the Red Sox starting Tuesday. They do so with a bit more swagger than they were playing with a couple weeks ago. They also do so with the same resolve they have had all season. Keep the ship afloat until Bruce, just knocked out of the lineup with knee surgery and another of their walking wounded, returns.
Commentary by Mick Varner
Guardian Liberty Voice Sports Writer covering the Cincinnati Reds