Bruce isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Rays. Bruce will retreat to the bench after going hitless with one walk and four strikeouts in his last 12 plate appearances. Bryce Harper will rest his legs as the designated hitter Saturday with Phil Gosselin starting in right field.
Bruce will sit for the evening portion of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. Bruce started at first base in the afternoon game, going 0-for-3 at the plate. Alec Bohm starts there in the nightcap, with J.T. Realmuto serving as the designated hitter.
Bruce is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Bruce returned from the 10-day injured list Friday and filled a starting role in the Phillies' last two games, going 1-for-7 with a double and a walk. Though he'll take a seat Sunday, Bruce should have a regular spot in the lineup waiting for him against right-handers during the final week of the season.
Bruce (quadriceps) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. The 33-year-old aggravated his quadriceps injury Sept. 6 and has since been on the injured list, but he'll rejoin the roster for Friday's doubleheader. Bruce isn't in the lineup for the matinee but could return to the starting nine in Game 2.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday that Bruce (quadriceps) is still a couple days away from a return from the 10-day injured list, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With Kyle Garlick (oblique) and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (hamstring) joining a growing list of banged-up Phillies on Tuesday, Bruce's impending return is a rare bit of positive injury news for the team. If Bruce gains clearance to play at some point during the Phillies' weekend series with the Blue Jays, he should immediately step back into a strong-side platoon role at designated hitter. He could also be in the mix for work at first base with Rhys Hoskins (elbow) in danger of missing the remainder of the season.