The injury bug claims another victim. This time, it’s Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. He will miss up to four weeks with a partially-torn meniscus in his left knee.
Bruce didn’t get off to a great start this season. In 30 games, he’s hitting .218 with three home runs, 20 runs and 14 RBI. However, he’s been doing much better around the base path. Bruce already has five stolen bases compared to the seven he had all of 2013.
Bruce got off to a slow start last season as well. In the first 54 games of 2013, he hit just eight home runs. In the final 106 games, he hit 22 home runs. Maybe this time off will help get Bruce going once he returns to the lineup.
In the meantime, with the absence of Billy Hamilton and now Bruce, it looks like Chris Heisey will get an opportunity in center field. In his first full game, Heisey went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Most likely batting cleanup, Heisey will have plenty of chances to rack up some RBI before he’s back on the bench.
If you don’t want to take the risk on Heisey, there are other valuable outfielders available on the waiver wire. Colby Rasmus has been displaying his power as of late. He has seven home runs this season, including three in his last four games. While he doesn’t hit for average, Rasmus is an RBI machine who is available in 65 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Another outfielder to take a look at is Garrett Jones. Jones is hitting .316 over his last 10 games and .270 for the season. He has three home runs over the last 11 games and available in 78 percent of ESPN leagues.
As far as Bruce is concerned, the injury doesn’t look to be that serious. He should be placed on the DL or at least on the bench. Unless he suffers a setback during a rehab game, then he should not be dropped.