Bruce leading off
Reds vs. Rangers, 4:05 p.m. ET, FS Ohio/WLW/MLB.com
This is the second time this spring that Bruce has led off, I believe.
*Baker could be taking a look at contingencies for a Plan B leadoff hitter since Stubbs has struggled all camp.
“There’s a chance,” Baker said. “”I keep hoping Stubby will come around.If it’s not working, you have to go with something else. In a perfect scenario, you’d hope that it would be better than it is. Especially if you’re making contact, you have a chance with his speed. If you don’t make contact, nobody has a chance. We’re just trying to find it.”
Stubbs got seven at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday and got 4 or 5 hits, he said.
**Update from medical staff***
*Ramon Hernandez (sore right elbow) is swinging and throwing comfortably. He will be back in a couple of days. Baker indicated Hernandez could play a minor league game tomorrow.
*Johnny Cueto (shoulder inflammation) has seen his symptoms subside. They are working on a strengthen program now.
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