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Reds confirm knee surgery for Bruce, expect to miss one month



Bruce update
RF Jay Bruce today had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to miss approximately a month.
RF Roger Bernadina has accepted an outright assignment to Class AAA Louisville. He was designated for assignment on Saturday.

Here is the question someone needs to answer.
If Jay Bruce was scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with a sore knee,
did he:
A. Pinch-hit in the 7th inning with a partially torn meniscus?
B. Pinch-hit in the 7th inning and partially tear the meniscus?
Either way, somebody has some explaining to do.


CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1: Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds bats against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Bruce has partially torn meniscus
Jerry Crasnick, ESPN 
He came off the bench in the seventh inning Sunday and struck out on three pitches in a pinch-hit appearance against Milwaukee.
The loss of Bruce is a blow to a Cincinnati offense that's tied for 10th in the National League with 116 runs scored. Bruce, a two-time All-Star, averaged 32 homers and 101 RBIs per season from 2011-2013.

Bruce had been scratched prior to Sunday's game with a sore knee. He would later pinch-hit in the 7th inning.

Options/Roster/playing time:
Skip Schumaker has played 157 ML games in RF.
Chris Heisey has played 57 ML games in RF.
Donald Lutz, Double-A Pensacola: .387-5-15 this season. He just returned Saturday from missing about 10-days with a hamstring injury.
Roger Bernadina, just DFA over weekend 
Felix Perez has made 20 starts in RF at Louisville this year: .267-1-12.
Jason Bourgeios has made 4 starts in RF at Louisville this year: .250-1-9.



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