Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Reds have benched Jay Bruce to "clear his head."
Bruce was out of the lineup on Thursday and Dusty Baker plans to keep him on the bench on Friday as well. Bruce, 22, is hitting .209. "I'm letting him clear his head, much like Jimmy Rollins over here [with the Phillies] and Magglio Ordonez with the Tigers. I thought I'd give him today and [Friday] to clear himself and study," Baker said. "He'll study our guys, who's hitting and who's not and why. He'll study their guys like Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and different guys and see how they approach things and set up."