Jay Bruce had surgery on left knee, could miss a month

Jay Bruce will be out of action for around a month.
Jay Bruce will be out of action for around a month. (USATSI)

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Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn meniscus in his left knee, the club officially announced. The announcement further said that he "could miss a month" and that a roster move -- meaning Bruce will be placed on the disabled list and someone from the minors will be recalled -- will happen Tuesday.

Bruce, 27, is off to a bit of a slow start this season. The two-time All-Star is hitting .216/.352/.363 (98 OPS+) with four doubles, three homers, 14 RBI, 20 runs and five steals.

With Bruce on the shelf, the Reds can use Chris Heisey in right field alongside Billy Hamilton and Ryan Ludwick. Newly-activated Skip Schumaker will see time in the outfield as well, especially until Hamilton is ready to rejoin the lineup from his hand injury (he pinch ran Sunday in his first action since the injury).

A fifth outfielder will soon join the fray as well. Roger Bernadina has cleared waivers and will be activated when Bruce is placed on the DL, reports C. Trent Rosecrans of Cincinnati.com.

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