Bruce went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's 3-0 win in Tampa. The veteran has wasted no time making an impact since becoming a member of the Tribe on Wednesday. Bruce collected multi-hit efforts in his first two starts with the club, banking a double, two RBI and a run in those efforts. He'll continue to stay busy in right field while Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) is out on a rehab assignment.
Bruce will make his first start as a member of the Indians on Friday, batting fifth and playing in right field, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Bruce came into the game Thursday for his Cleveland debut, going 0-for-1 at the plate during the team's loss to the Rays. Moving forward, he should see a majority of the starts in right field, at least until Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) gets healthy, while batting in the middle of the order. This season with the Mets, Bruce slashed .247/.313/.495 with 25 home runs and 66 RBI.
Bruce was activated ahead of Thursday's game against the Rays, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. While Bruce isn't in the starting lineup, he'll likely be available off the bench Thursday. The veteran slugger, who has 29 homers in 103 games this season, should take over as the Indians' primary right fielder moving forward. Erik Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.
Bruce is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rays, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. While the Indians were hoping Bruce would be active for Thursday's game, it appears they'll have to wait another day for their newly acquired slugger to make his debut. Brandon Guyer will start in right field in his place, batting seventh.
The Indians are trying to have Bruce join the club for their road game with the Rays on Thursday. The Tribe Insider blog said the club is "efforting getting Jay to St. Pete tonight." His owners in daily transaction leagues should monitor whether he can make the trip in time so they can slide someone in to replace him if he can't. Regardless of when he first dons his new threads, Bruce will be a major FAAB target in AL-only setups this coming weekend.
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