06/15/11 10:21 PM ET
Bruce given rest amidst 2-for-20 stretch
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Bruce entered Wednesday's 7-4 win in the seventh inning and struck out in his only at-bat.
Baker gives Stubbs scheduled off-day
LOS ANGELES -- Reds center fielder Drew Stubbs was told before Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers that he wouldn't be starting on Wednesday. Coming off an 0-for-5, three-strikeout game on Monday, Stubbs responded with three hits and a sacrifice bunt, including an important RBI single in the ninth inning."I said, 'Give me all you've got today, every ounce of energy you've got today so you can be off tomorrow'," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, whose club also has a scheduled off-day on Thursday. Chris Heisey led off and played center field for the Reds in place of Stubbs, who had been the only player to appear in all 69 of the club's previous games.
Entering Wednesday, Stubbs was batting .269 with nine home runs and a .345 on-base percentage. Over his last 12 games, he's hitting .340 (17-for-50). He was tied with Jose Reyes for the league lead in runs scored with 49 and has 20 steals.Stubbs also has a commanding league lead in strikeouts, with 92. "It's a concern of mine," Stubbs said. "I think the last three weeks or so, it's been more magnified than at any point of my career because I've had a lot of stuff going on in my head -- a lot of negative thoughts -- that have probably contributed to the way things have gone. Ultimately, it's something I think will come out of. It's something I'm always trying to improve upon. "At the end of the day, production is what you look for. If you're still helping the team win games, then you're still doing your part."
In his latest rehab outing for Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Reds pitcher Sam LeCure (right forearm) worked 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run on two hits, walking one and striking out three. LeCure, whose one run allowed was the result of a homer, took the loss against Lehigh Valley. LeCure has a 2.45 ERA over 3 2/3 innings in three appearances. Since returning from the disabled list with a straight left oblique, Louisville outfielder Dave Sappelt is 11-for-25, (.444) including a 5-for-5 performance in Tuesday's game. For the season, Sappelt is batting .364 with a .426 on-base percentage. Because the Dodgers wore throwback uniforms from the 1940s era on Wednesday, the Reds donned 1944 throwback uniforms. It was the same look that 15-year-old pitcher Joe Nuxhall had when he debuted that season. Baker celebrated his 62nd birthday on Wednesday.