Price, Bruce discuss first base
I will have much more on Jay Bruce playing first base for the Reds on Monday on MLB.com/Reds.com. Here are a couple of quotes that addressed the move.
“This is the Major Leagues. It’s the best in the world. It’s going to be a little quick I’m sure. I’m banking on the fact that I’m a baseball player and a good athlete and that I have confidence in myself and my abilities to play anywhere on the field if they need me to.” — Jay Bruce
“It also allows us to do some things in the outfield. What we do have is a surplus of outfielders. It gives us a chance to get Schumaker and Ludwick in the lineup. I knew with a doubleheader coming up [Tuesday], I had to get some guys who will be playing both games a day off either on the front or the back end. Today, it’s Cozart. That means Santiago is at short, which means we Frazier at third, which means we need a first baseman and today it will be Jay.
“If we don’t have Joey long term or a period of time he could miss, we have to look in-house at what our options are. I don’t think you’ll see Jay at first base often. It does allow us to utilize our bench players a little bit more. We have guys here that are playing part time but we’d like to play more.” — manager Bryan Price.
I found GM Walt Jocketty on the field and he had no news on Joey Votto’s status. Votto underwent tests on Monday for his troublesome left quadriceps.