Bruce getting closer
RF Jay Bruce seemed like a pretty happy dude this morning. After he got the all-clear from Dr. Tim Kremchek following his Friday exam, Bruce was allowed to pick up a bat and start swinging again.
“I hit soft tosses with my bat,” Bruce said. “If everything feels good [Monday], I will hit off of a pitching machine and then BP. We’ll see how it all progresses and go from there. It’s coming along great though.”
There is still no ETA for a return to the lineup. Bruce hasn’t played since he fractured his right wrist on July 11 in New York. He aims to come back some time next month. Still in question is whether he’d be able to get out on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville before their season ends.
Speaking of Louisville, the Bats clinched their second consecutive International League West Division championship. They will play either Durham or Gwinnett in the opening round of the Governor’s Cup playoffs on Sept 9.
On the other end of the injury spectrum, OF Chris Dickerson was one-crutching it across the clubhouse. Dickerson wasn’t wearing his protective boot for his severely sprained left ankle…it was in his locker at that moment.
“Me and that boot are not on good terms,” Dickerson said. “There’s an air pump in it that sticks into my foot and makes it as uncomfortable as it gets.”
Dickerson expected to be in the boot for at least another week.
The Reds need another good, and deep, out from Bronson Arroyo today because of the looming doubleheader on Monday.
Johnny Cueto will be on a pitch-count when he comes off the DL to start Game 2 vs. the Pirates.
“We haven’t determined what it is yet,” manager Dusty Baker said. “We’re just hoping to get some innings out of [Game 1 pitcher Kip] Wells in the first game so we don’t have to tear up my bullpen.
“It’s a long day tomorrow. I have never played in a split doubleheader because they didn’t allow them. I participated and managed in a couple of split doubleheaders. I wish they still wouldn’t allow them. That’s an overtime day right there.”
The Reds will announce a roster move to make room for Cueto following Game 1.
Is anyone out there still reading this blog?
Follow updates on Twitter at: