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32 Jay Bruce RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/227 | Birthdate: 4/3/1987 | Birthplace: Beaumont, TX | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $7,541,667 | Owned/Started%: 97/82 | Average Draft Position: 136.59
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Reds OF Jay Bruce launches fourth career grand slam HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce launched his fourth career grand slam in Tuesday's 16-10 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Bruce was one of three players to hit a grand slam on the night, two of them came from Cincinnati. It marked the fourth time in Major League Baseball history that three grand slams were hit in one game.

Bruce took starter Mike Fiers deep with the bases loaded in the third inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, a home run and four RBI. He is hitting .200/.310/.400 on the year.


Reds OF Jay Bruce off to good start against lefties in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce enters play Monday against the Brewers batting .190 (8 for 42) through 12 games. Surprisingly, however, the left-handed slugger is struggling more against right-handed pitching than left-handed pitching in 2015.

Bruce, who is a career .227 hitter against lefties, is batting .286 (4 for 14) with one double, one home run and three RBI against lefties.

Bruce, who has a career .267 average and .481 slugging percentage against righties, is batting .143 (4 for 28) with one home run, two RBI and a .250 slugging percentage against righties.


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce knocks second homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 at the plate in Cincinnati's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals Sunday in 11 innings. Bruce got things going early, leading off the second inning with a solo shot on a 3-1 pitch from Carlos Martinez. 

Bruce then walked in his next two at-bats before adding two strikeouts in the contest. He is now hitting .200 with two RBI in 20 at-bats this season.


Reds right fielder Jay Bruce rips solo home run Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 2  with a solo home run in Cincinnati's 5-2 win over the Pirates Monday. With the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, Bruce ripped the 1-2 pitch to right field for the solo shot.

Bruce also walked and struck out in the contest.


Reds OF Jay Bruce knocks second spring home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's 10-4 win over the Giants in Cactus League action.

Bruce missed several games last week due to calf issues but was able to return Saturday, though he went 0 for 3 at the plate. He's 5 for 15 with two home runs in seven spring appearances thus far.


Reds hold Jay Bruce out one more game, as precaution


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Jay Bruce won't be in the Reds' lineup on Friday, as originally planned. 

Bruce is recovering from a right calf strain, and the team decided to give him an extra day of rest before returning him to the field. 

Manager Bryan Price said Bruce would be in the lineup on Saturday, according to C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bruce said he felt fine, but the team was just being cautious. 


Reds' Jay Bruce (right calf) could return Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said that right fielder Jay Bruce could return to the lineup on Friday, according to MLB.com. Price missed the previous two games due to a strained right calf. 

"He's got another day and a half to get a little treatment," Price said. "It's along the lines of Brandon [Phillips] and Todd [Frazier], as they probably could have played, but there's no reason at all to put them in the lineup if they're not feeling great this time of year."


Reds OF Jay Bruce scratched Wednesday due to calf injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was scratched from Wednesday's spring game against the Royals due to a strained right calf, per MLB.com. Bruce is batting .400 (4 for 10) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in five spring games.

Reds OF Jay Bruce ready to put rough 2014 season behind him


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce doesn't want to answer anymore questions about his left knee after missing two weeks last season following surgery to repair a torn meniscus May 6.

"It's 100 percent," he said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's a non-issue."

Bruce ended up hitting .217 with 18 home runs in 2014 -- both career lows. However, Bruce is not blaming his knee issue for his struggles at the plate.

"I would never ever use it as an excuse," Bruce said. "But I wasn't healthy, and I just didn't play well. At the end of the day, I didn't play well and that's what matters. There's nothing to talk about. You can't say, 'Oh man, I should have done this, I should have done that.' Words mean nothing. It's all action. That's what I have to."

Bruce aims to go out this season and show his 2014 production was just an aberration.

"I think everyone in this room has a lot to prove," Bruce said. "If you've had a great year, you want to do better. If you have a terrible year, you want to do better. I think we've got the right group of guys to go out and take care of business."


Infield shifts have become an issue for players like Reds' Bruce


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not going to use infield shifts as an excuse for his low batting average, but he admits it does play a factor, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"That's definitely taken some hits away from me," Bruce said. "I don't use it as an excuse. But the bottom line is it takes hits away. You smoke a ball up the middle and you think it's a hit. But the shortstop is playing right behind second base.

"It's definitely cut down on average. You look at a player like Mark Teixiera. He was a .300, .280 hitter. You put the shift on him. He's a guy who drives the ball, pull hitter. He uses the other side of the field some. But guys like that are hitting in the .250s."

Bruce added that beating the shift is difficult. 

"Everyone's like, 'Hit a ground ball to shortstop or hit one down the line.' Like you can do whatever you want." he said. "A lot of times, pitchers pitch to the shift. And shifts are getting more sophisticated. In New York, (shortstop Derek) Jeter was playing third, in on the grass. So you can't bunt. Ideally, you want to get a hit. It's hard to do."

Reds hitting coach Don Long said eventually hitters will be taught in the minors to beat the shift.

"Not everybody's going to be the perfect hitter and be able to do everything," he said. "But I think you're going to find guys who want to have the ability to hit to both sides of the field."


Reds' Price indicates OF Jay Bruce is past 2014 knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce missed a few weeks in May last season due to knee surgery. The injury and time off were likely contributors to the 27-year-old outfielder having one of the worst seasons of his career.

Well, according to manager Bryan Price, you probably won't get much out of Bruce if you ask him how is left knee is doing these days

"I think he's prefer not to be asked about his knee," Price said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It was a part of 2014 and will not be a part of 2015."

Bruce hit .217 with 18 home runs, 21 doubles and 66 RBI in 137 games in 2014.


Reds OF Bruce OK with trade talk, but wants to stick around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Reds slugger Jay Bruce has spoken to general manager Walt Jocketty and is OK with the trade rumors that have been swirling around him. But he would prefer to remain in Cincinnati.

"You learn not to be surprised by anything," he told MLB.com. "Also, it's all talk until it's not. That's something you can't think too much about, honestly. Walt and I have spoken, and he just said nothing but great things. I'm very happy to be here and I wnat to be a Cincinnati Red. I don't want to go anywhere. But they have to do their due diligence and I don't blame them for doing that. We're trying to be the best team we can be."

Bruce slumped in 2014 to the tune of a .217/.281/.373 stat line with 18 home runs in 137 games. He also required arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in May, but that cost him only two weeks.


Report: Blue Jays looking at Jay Bruce


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Blue Jays are considering trading for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, according to FoxSports.com.

The team is searching for a left-handed hitter, and Bruce hits the bill. Bruce will make a little over $12 million in both 2015 and 2016. He was a $13 million club option for 2017. 


Report: Reds considering dealing high-priced veterans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Reds are considering lowering their payroll by trading top position players, including slugging outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The team has made no secret of its desire to give up one of its starting pitchers, including premier talents such as Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. But the Reds are also discussing possible swaps involving two-time All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce, major league sources have told Rosenthal.

The Reds have $75.5 million committed in 2015 and could try to vault back into playoff contention behind a healthy Joey Votto and Bruce. But it might not be a viable financial option. They spent $114 million on payroll last year and are projected to be at $120 million next season. Trading Bruce and one starting pitcher would reduce that figure significantly - Bruce alone will be owed $12 million.

One problem with that tactic is that the Reds would be trading an undervalued Bruce coming off a poor season in which he batted .217 with 18 home runs. However, the power-desperate Padres are reportedly inteterested in obtaining Bruce.


Report: Reds have talked about dealing Jay Bruce


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Reds have talked about dealing outfielder Jay Bruce, according to FoxSports.com.

The 27-year-old is a two-time All-Star, but is coming off a poor offensive season. Bruce hit just .217/.281/.373 over 493 at-bats. He missed time during the season due to knee surgery. Bruce is under contract for the next two seasons, and has a club option for 2017. He's expected to be ready for spring training. 


Jay Bruce homers twice, drives in three


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/21/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce sandwiched two solo homers around an RBI single in a 7-2 win Sunday over the Cardinals. Bruce, hitting .217, is up to 18 homers and 65 RBI.

Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Jay Bruce takes a seat against lefty


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was out of the lineup for just the second time in 11 games with left-hander Travis Wood on the hill for the Cubs Monday. Yorman Rodriguez started in his place. Wood is the first left-handed starting pitcher the Reds have faced in 14 games.

While Bruce has struggled for virtually all of 2014, he's been especially bad lately, batting .167 (12 for 72) with two home runs in his last 22 games. He has hit .168 with a .582 OPS against lefties this season.


Jay Bruce absent from Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Hitless in six of his last nine games, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been given the night off Saturday against Atlanta.

Bruce has, oddly, managed multiple hits in the other three games with two home runs and seven RBI. He boasts a still-disappointing stat line on the year of .219/.295/.380 with 14 homers in 397 at-bats.


Jay Bruce drives in four


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went deep Monday against the Cardinals. 

Bruce struck in the fifth inning. With two men on, Bruce launched an 87 mph changeup out to right field for a three-run shot. Bruce would go on to double later in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and four RBI. 


Jay Bruce back Thursday following illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was back in the lineup Thursday against the Rockies, after sitting out Wednesday's with an illness. He is batting second and playing in right field in his return. 

Jay Bruce removed from Wednesday lineup with illness


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) An illness has forced Reds outfielder Jay Bruce to be scratched from the Wednesday lineup against Boston.

Bruce hopes the absence does not ruin the momentum gained in recent days. He has one hit in each of his last five games and has 12 hits in his last 38 at-bats.


Jay Bruce slugs 12th home run Saturday vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1 for 5 with a solo home run and a stolen base in his team's 4-3 loss to the Marlins Saturday.

Bruce evened up the score with a big blast to right field in the bottom of the first inning. It's his third straight game with a hit, though he's only 3 for 13 during that stretch. Bruce has hit .222/.301/.385 with 12 home runs, 46 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 351 at-bats.


Jay Bruce homers in three-hit game Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-2 victory over the Indians Tuesday.

Bruce drove in a run on an infield single in the fifth inning, then added another with his ninth-inning solo home run. He has put together three straight multihit performances, but Tuesday's home run was his first since hitting homers in three straight games in early July. Bruce has hit .225/.307/.386 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 334 at-bats.


Jay Bruce back, Justin Partch down for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) As expected, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been activated off the bereavement list Friday. He has been out since Monday following the death of his grandfather. Right-hander Curtis Partch has been sent down to Triple-A Louisville to make room.