Bruce is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Despite being tied for the team lead with 12 home runs, Bruce doesn't look to be anything more than a part-time player for Seattle at this point. Now on the bench for the third time in four games, Bruce will need one of the Mariners' first-base or corner-outfield options to succumb to an injury before recapturing steady at-bats.
Bruce remains on the bench Friday against the Twins. Bruce sits for the second game in a row after starting five straight. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him sit frequently moving forward, with Mallex Smith back in the big leagues. Smith starts in center field Friday, with Mitch Haniger in right.
Bruce is not in the lineup Thursday against the Twins, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Bruce will take a seat for Thursday's series opener against the Twins as the Mariners go with an outfield consisting of Domingo Santana, Mallex Smith and Mitch Haniger from left to right. With Smith back from the minors, Bruce, who is hitting just .182 with three homers and a 30.4 percent strikeout rate this month (12 games), could see his playing time start to drop off a bit.
Bruce went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Bruce capped off a four-run first for the Mariners with a 408-foot shot to right center that plated Domingo Santana. The veteran outfielder's average still sits at an unsightly .192, but he continues to be a reliable source of power. Factoring in Saturday's round tripper, Bruce now has 12 homers and 18 extra-base hits overall across 138 plate appearances.
Bruce is not in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Bruce has started the past six games, slashing .192/.192/.500 with a pair of homers and six RBI over that stretch, but he'll take a seat on the bench for Thursday's series finale in order to avoid a lefty-on-lefty matchup with J.A. Happ. Mitch Haniger is starting in right field in this one, with Braden Bishop getting a start in center field as a result.
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