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Cincinnati Reds slugger Jay Bruce has knee surgery

Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Bruce has three home runs this season; he has hit at least 30 homers in each of the past three seasons.


The Associated Press

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CINCINNATI – Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for about a month.

Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee but pinch hit and struck out during a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Milwaukee. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear.

The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. They are missing starting pitchers Mat Latos and Tony Cingrani, catcher Devin Mesoraco, closer Aroldis Chapman and cleanup hitter Bruce.

Center fielder Billy Hamilton missed the last three games with a sprained left hand, hurt while he made a diving catch. He is expected back for a series that starts Tuesday in Boston.

Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors.

Bruce, 27, has been in a slump, going 3 for 17 in the last six games. In 30 games this season, he is batting .216 with three homers and 14 runs batted in. Bruce hit at least 30 home runs in each of the past three seasons.

Giambi goes on DL

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians placed Jason Giambi on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right-calf muscle and the team might soon have to make a roster move with center fielder Michael Bourn.

Bourn missed his second straight game with a tight hamstring — the same one he had surgically repaired in October. Bourn, who signed a four-year, $48 million contract with Cleveland last season, has played in 15 of the team’s 32 games.

Giambi, 43, was removed from a game Saturday after grounding into a double play. He is 0 for 10 this season.

Notes

Yasiel Puig was understandably sore as he recovered from a jarring crash into an outfield wall, keeping him out of the starting lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ series opener against the Washington Nationals.

Andre Ethier started in right field in Puig’s spot.

Manager Don Mattingly said Puig remained day to day.

“He’s not feeling perfect,” Mattingly said. “Really sore, things like that.”

Puig rammed his head, left arm and lower left leg against the fence as he tried to track down Jeff Baker’s game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth of Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Miami. The ball deflected off the wall and hit Puig in the face, and he fell to the ground on his stomach.

• Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer missed Monday’s 1-0 win over Cleveland because of lower-back spasms. He was taken out of Sunday’s 5-2 victory over Baltimore in the third inning when his back tightened.

Chris Colabello took Mauer’s spot at first in the series opener at Cleveland.

Mauer is hitting .393 (11 for 28) since April 25.

• Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez said he is feeling fine and won’t miss a turn after being hit by a batted ball.

Fernandez was struck on the inside of the left thigh during Sunday’s 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Monday, he was selected National League Pitcher of the Month.

The 21-year-old right-hander was hit by a one-hopper off the bat of Dee Gordon, remained in the game, pitched seven innings and got a no-decision.

Fernandez is 4-1 with a 1.74 earned-run average in seven starts this season.

• Atlanta’s losing streak reached seven with a 4-3 home loss to St. Louis. The Braves were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position Monday and are 6 of 51 (.118 average) in those situations during their skid.

Atlanta is suffering through its longest losing streak since it dropped eight in a row in May 2012.



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