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.

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Gomes 9
McDonald 7
Miller 2
Arroyo 1

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?

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9 Comments

Yes, Mark, still reading, though I haven’t watched a game in the last month. Thanks for sitting through the painful games so I don’t have to.

Yeah, I read, too. Appreciate the Twitter updates as well…keep up the good work.

Still appreciatively reading every post – thanks! Mark, how do you feel about the Reds bringing back Cueto? I heard Hal McCoy say on the radio this afternoon that he wouldn’t allow Cueto to pitch the rest of the year. On the other hand I can see the benefit of letting Cueto gather some positive momentum for next year. Where are you on this?

I would also sit him for the rest of the way. Sure, it’d be nice to end on a positive after a miserable last 8 starts but the big picture is what counts and the Reds have nothing to play for this year.

I also read your blog everyday on my mobile phone, keep up the great work! I also agree that the upside about Cueto returning is a bit overrated. However, as long as he doesnt hurt himself anymore I dont care. I just dont want to see another situation like last year with EV pitching way too long in games just to get to a carrer high in wins. Oh well. Im going to both, yes both games tomorrow. Won free tickets from triva with marty…Should be fun.

I also read your blog everyday on my mobile phone, keep up the great work! I also agree that the upside about Cueto returning is a bit overrated. However, as long as he doesnt hurt himself anymore I dont care. I just dont want to see another situation like last year with EV pitching way too long in games just to get to a carrer high in wins. Oh well. Im going to both, yes both games tomorrow. Won free tickets from triva with marty…Should be fun.

I also read your blog everyday on my mobile phone, keep up the great work! I also agree that the upside about Cueto returning is a bit overrated. However, as long as he doesnt hurt himself anymore I dont care. I just dont want to see another situation like last year with EV pitching way too long in games just to get to a carrer high in wins. Oh well. Im going to both, yes both games tomorrow. Won free tickets from triva with marty…Should be fun.

I also read your blog everyday on my mobile phone, keep up the great work! I also agree that the upside about Cueto returning is a bit overrated. However, as long as he doesnt hurt himself anymore I dont care. I just dont want to see another situation like last year with EV pitching way too long in games just to get to a carrer high in wins. Oh well. Im going to both, yes both games tomorrow. Won free tickets from triva with marty…Should be fun.

Mark,
I must admit that no, I’m not reading as often as I was. My wife and I would describe ourselves as pretty big Reds fans since our college days in Lexington, KY. It’s been pretty hard to stick with this team much past the all star break for most of the past 8 years or so. By the team being out of contention almost every year, they’ve turned us into first half baseball fans. Sad but true. We’ve been to spring training the last three seasons in anticipation of a breakout year, but by July or August have been so disappointed that we’ve lost interest.

I’d love if, one of these years, they’d remind us that baseball is supposed to get MORE exciting as fall approaches, not less. Here’s hoping that Walt Jockety is the man for the job.

You’re doing a great job with your blog. As soon as there’s a winning team on the field, you’ll get your readers back. Thanks for doing a great job.

Ben

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