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Monday, May 5, 2014

Reds' Jay Bruce has knee surgery, out at least one month

By on 5/05/2014 07:00:00 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have had more than their share of injuries to start the season, especially to their pitching staff. Now, they will lose one of their biggest bats for at least the rest of May and well into June.'s Mark Sheldon reports that right fielder Jay Bruce underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday, putting him out of action for at least one month.

Bruce had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is officially on the 15-day disabled list, but there is no date set for his return other than "possibly June."

Bruce has played in 30 games so far, but he did not start Sunday's game because of soreness in his knee. He pinch hit late in the game. According to Sheldon, reasons for the injury are undetermined at this time, but general manager Walt Jocketty believes that Bruce had problems for quite some time. Said Jocketty,
"I think it's something he's had for a while. It inflamed on him. I'm sure he did it playing, but we don't know when.... It's tough. We've just got to keep fighting. Somebody has to pick up the slack, that's all. All those guys will have a chance to get better by playing more."
The Reds had not announced a roster move as of early Monday evening.

Bruce is having a down season so far; he is hitting just .216 with 3 HR and 14 RBI. He is a career .255 hitter in five full seasons plus this season's first 30 games, but he hits around 30 HR and drives in around 100 runs each year.

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