Bruce sits; Phillips returns
Jay Bruce came into Friday batting .162 and .133 for this month while he’s in a 6-for-45 clip. Although he came a couple of feet from hit went hitting a grand slam in Thursday’s 4-3 win, he went 0-for-3 and had left seven on base. Bruce was given a night off from the lineup, but it wasn’t a benching. It had more to do with the fact that Giants lefty ace Madison Bumgarner was on the mound. Bruce is 2-for-17 (.118) lifetime vs. Bumgarner. Kristopher Negron started in right field.
“I’ve got to find my days for the other guys,” manager Bryan Price said. “I’m hoping to get Boesch in this series and give him a start. I have to pick my times for these guys. Sometimes if it’s a tougher match-up, I will do that. It’s nothing to read into anything other than a day off [for Bruce] against a tough lefty.”
*Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup after he missed two games with turf toe on his left foot. Phillips is using some orthotic inserts in his spikes to get some more comfort.
“He’s had the 48 hours of recovery time,” Price said. “He had a lot of treatment. He’s been seen by a foot specialist and all those things. We don’t force our players to play. We have to make sure that they’re comfortable being on the field. Most of them, if not all of them, are slightly banged up right now anyway. It’s just part of the grind of a long season.”