Reds' Bruce has surgery on knee cartilage

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will 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 win over Milwaukee. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear.

The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. They're currently missing starters Mat Latos and Tony Cingrani, catcher Devin Mesoraco, closer Aroldis Chapman and now their cleanup hitter.

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

Bruce has been in a slump, going 3 for 17 in the last six games. He's batting .216 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 30 games.

Cincinnati opened the season with eight players on the disabled list, the most in the majors. The Reds have started to get many of them back, only to have others get hurt. The Reds took three of four from first-place Milwaukee over the weekend, leaving them 5½ games out in the NL Central.

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