Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Wednesday’s lineup against the Padres because he tweaked a muscle in his groin on Tuesday night. This according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Reds are saying that Bruce is available to pinch-hit, a strong indication that the groin injury is minor and will not require an extended absence nor a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Bruce is off to a slow start this season, batting just .220/.267/.268 with no home runs and only three RBI through 28 at-bats. Chris Heisey, hitting a healthy .294/.400/.471 in 17 at-bats, drew the start in right field on Wednesday night against San Diego’s Tim Stauffer. Bruce should be back in action by the weekend.
CBS Los Angeles reports that Mike Trout was unhurt following a car crash that sent a woman to the hospital Wednesday night in Tustin, California.
Trout, who was given what was said to be a routine night off in the Angels’ home game against the Reds on Wednesday night, was driving and reportedly collided with two other cars while trying to stop for a crash in front of them. It was the original crash that led to the hospitalization of a woman. Trout’s portion of the accident apparently wasn’t quite as serious. He was pictured standing next to a first responder and looking at his phone following the accident.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.