Bad news for Bruce, Reds

The play looked ugly when it happened and the results have now matched.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce exited Saturday’s game vs. the Mets in the bottom of the first inning after his right glove hand jammed hard into the grass while making a sliding catch on David Wright’s short fly ball. 

Bruce was later diagnosed with a fractured right wrist. He will return to Cincinnati for an MRI and an examination with team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek. It was not known how much time he will miss.

“It hurt pretty bad,” said Bruce after the game, with his right arm in a wrap.  “I was in some pretty bad pain. It’s part of the game I guess. I was trying to make the play. I caught it. Once it came back forward, I didn’t have any strength in my hand. I couldn’t keep it closed.”

Immediately after hitting the ground, Bruce grabbed his wrist in obvious pain. After being looked over for a few moments by manager Dusty Baker and the trainer, Bruce walked off the field. Chris Dickerson took over in right field. In the top of the first, Bruce struck out in his only at-bat vs. Johan Santana.

“I just hope Jay is not hurt too seriously,” Baker said after a 4-0 Reds loss to the Mets. “Let’s hope we don’t lose him for the year.”

A roster move is coming for Sunday, Baker said. No outfielders at Triple-A Louisville are currently on the 40-man roster. 

Drew Stubbs is batting .279 with two home runs and 25 RBIs in 77 games for the Bats. Another option could be Chris Heisey, who was recently promoted from Double-A Carolina. In 14 games with Louisville, Heisey is batting .365 with three homers and 13 RBIs. 

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