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Jay Bruce out again with inner ear problem

Jul 23, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

Jay Bruce

We have a little more information on what is ailing Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Bruce is out of the lineup for the second straight day with what Reds manager Dusty Baker is calling an “inner ear problem.”

 “He is terrible,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Right now Jay is having an inner ear problem. He just woke up with it. I just saw him the afternoon before and he was great, walking his dog and seeing his girl. That’s why as a manager, you have to get here early because you don’t know what can happen overnight. You show up later, and something happens – always.”

The timetable for Bruce’s return is not yet clear. Fred Lewis will make the start in right field later this afternoon against Derek Lowe and the Braves.

  1. spudchukar - Jul 23, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    The Reds are teetering, with Rolen back on the DL, and their starting pitching not responding. They trail 3 teams by 4 games. They are beginning a 10 game homestand, but are down 1 and face the Braves, Mets, and Giants before the trade deadline. Their schedule is favorable in August and September, so if they can hang tough in the next 9 days, make a significant move they could be players for the NL Central title, but if they stumble in the current home stand and fall 6 or 7 out, a move that costs prospects may not be advisable. Tough call for Jocketty and Reds’ fans.

  2. metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    the reds starting pitching is just fine,Dusty just does not know how to handle it. there is no way in the world another manager sends Arroyo back out for the 7th inning last nite. the 6 he went was the longest he had gone all year and the reds were lucky the shots the braves hit in the 6th were right at somebody.baker sends him back out and waits until he gives up the tying homer before taking him out. the reds starters ERA would be a run lower if he did not continue to try and get 1 more inning out them every game. the reds may talk about making a move but I believe the only one they will make will be bringing ludwick from san diego. he is the only ex-card out there who is still capable of playing and jocketty only goes with guys who used to play for him in st.louis. the only problem is that they will get rid of their best prospects to do it.

    • paperlions - Jul 23, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      The Reds starters 15th out of 16 NL teams in WAR and xFIP, they rank 14th in ERA, 11th in K/9, and 12th in BB/9. Baker isn’t a good manager, but those numbers/performances are not all his fault. If he stays with the starter too long, it may be because the bullpen isn’t any better.

      Last year a lot of things went right for Reds in terms of health and guys over-performing…this year, not so much.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

        those numbers are skewed from the start of the season when the staff had injuries to 2 starters and volquez was giving up 5 runs a game. they just lost 2 out of 3 to the pirates where they gave up 4 runs in 3 games. see your new stats don’t tell the whole story, it shows them in what place hitting? yet they go 4 games in a row and score 3 runs if lucky. if hitting is their strength then why do they leave so many runners on base?again it goes back to the beginning of the season when they did score allot runs,lately not so much I have no idea of what war means nor do I care again the pitching has been good and if you can’t see what reds fans do when we watch the games then it is your problem. nobody else waits til after the pitcher gives up the tying or go ahead run then takes him out. the bullpen untill last nite had been strong lately chapmann retired all guys he faced and brey got his 1 man out. masset finally had a bad outing. no the problem is baker.

      • paperlions - Jul 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Reds NL rank for pitching stats by month (April, May, June, July):

        War: 11th, 16th, 11th, 15th

        xFIP: 8th, 16th, 12th, 13th

        ERA: 12th, 14th, 5th, 9th

        K/9: 14th, 15th, 12th, 15th

        BB/9: 13th, 14th, 12th, 9th

        About the only thing that seems to have changed is that the Reds are playing better defense, creating a gap between pitching performance (xFIP) and run prevention (ERA). As a staff, they don’t strike out many guys and they walk too many….that combo rarely results in good results.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2011 at 6:14 PM

        fip?run prevention? these are stats now give me a break! I prefer my baseball the old fashion way thanks anyway.

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