Bruce is expected to start in left field on Opening Day, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies haven't officially confirmed their plans, but manager Joe Girardi hinted Monday that Bruce would start. He's still working his way back from an elbow injury he suffered last summer, but he played the field for the first time this spring Sunday, starting at first base. Per Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer, he's expected to play outfield later in the week. Until Andrew McCutchen returns from his knee injury, Bruce should start most games against righties.
Bruce (elbow) will start at first base and bat third in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Bruce is slated to play the field for the first time this spring after the Phillies deployed him as a designated hitter in each of his prior five appearances during the Grapefruit League schedule. The 32-year-old is projected to see most of his action in the corner outfield this season, but the fact that he's handling any kind of defensive role Sunday suggests the Phillies are feeling more confident in his health after he battled a flexor strain in his throwing elbow late in 2019.
Bruce (elbow) will serve as the designated hitter in Friday's spring game against the Tigers, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. Bruce still has not played a defensive position in a game this spring, but he will DH on Friday for the fifth time. While he has been brought along slowly after dealing with a flexor injury for the last couple months of last season, he should still be ready to go -- at least to hit -- when Opening Day rolls around.
Bruce (elbow) is close to fully healthy but is still on a restricted throwing program after injuring his flexor tendon last summer, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Bruce has been able to throw from up to 150 feet, so it doesn't sound as though he's heavily restricted. He's been able to hit in Grapefruit league games, going 2-for-7 with a pair of doubles so far. Assuming he's cleared to play outfield by Opening Day, he lines up to fill an expanded role early in the season with Andrew McCutchen (knee) expected to open the year on the injured list. Bruce likely will fill the large side of a platoon in left field until McCutchen returns.
Bruce (elbow) is only available to hit in an emergency Saturday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Bruce returned from a flexor strain at the start of September but hasn't been able to take the field all month. He's been quite poor at the plate, going 2-for-25, though both of hits did at least clear the fence. He's probably played his last game of the season, giving him a lopsided .216/.261/.523 season slash line and 26 homers in just 333 plate appearances.