Bruce isn't starting Wednesday against the Orioles.
Although Bruce had a monster game Tuesday as he was a double short of hitting for the cycle, he'll take a seat Wednesday with lefty Wade LeBlanc starting for Baltimore. J.T. Realmuto will serve as the designated hitter with Andrew Knapp starting behind the plate.
Bruce went 3-for-5 with with a home run, triple, two RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Orioles.
Bruce began his production in the fifth inning with a solo home run, his third long ball of the season. His other main contribution came in the 10th inning, as he led off the inning with a single to drive in Jean Segura. Through 36 plate appearances this season, Bruce has collected nine hits, seven of which have gone for extra bases.
Bruce is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Bruce went 0-for-3 during the matinee and will take a seat for the nightcap with lefty Max Fried starting for Atlanta. Phil Gosselin will serve as the designated hitter for Philadelphia.
Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run in Saturday's 5-0 win over Atlanta.
The veteran slugger continues to fill a platoon role for the Phillies -- only two of Bruce's 23 plate appearances this season have come against left-handed pitching -- but he's been very productive with that usage, going 6-for-20 (.300) with two homers and five RBI.
Bruce is not in Thursday's lineup against the Yankees, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Phil Gosselin is starting at DH in place of Bruce against lefty Jordan Montgomery. Bruce is 4-for-14 with a home run and 3:2 BB:K through five appearances this season.
Bruce will not start the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
It would be a surprise to see very many Phillies appear in both of Wednesday's games, as the team has played a total of just one game over the previous nine days. Kyle Garlick will be the designated hitter for the first game, with lefty J.A. Happ on the mound for the Yankees.
Bruce isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.
Bruce went hitless in Friday's season opener, and he'll sit in Saturday's contest against left-hander Caleb Smith. Phil Gosselin will serve as the designated hitter Saturday, batting eighth.
Bruce is expected to be the Phillies' primary designated hitter, at least against righties, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Bruce appeared in 98 games for the Mariners and Phillies last season, producing a rather lopsided .216/.261/.523 slash line, good for a 98 wRC+. Elbow issues limited him to pinch-hit duty late last season, and while he was able to play the field in spring training, the Phillies probably wouldn't mind using him primarily at the plate given his age (33). He'll likely fill the DH role against most righties, though the Phillies could also use the spot to give some of their regulars the chance to rest their legs.
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.
Bruce went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Indians.
Bruce took James Hoyt deep in the fifth inning to record his 26th home run of the season. However, he has struggled to find playing time since returning from injury early in September, and he's drawn starts in the team's last two games only due to the addition of a designated hitter.
Bruce (arm) will serve as the Phillies' designated hitter in Friday's game against the Indians.
Bruce's arm injury has prevented him from starting any games since Aug. 8, but with Friday's game coming in Cleveland and a designated hitter spot available, manager Gabe Kapler decided to get him in the lineup. Bruce will hit out of the cleanup spot against Indians starter Shane Bieber.
Bruce (arm) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
It's been over a month since Bruce was in the starting lineup as he has been dealing with a flexor strain. He is 1-for-11 with a home run in 11 pinch-hit opportunities over that span.
Bruce (arm) has resumed playing catch, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
Bruce returned from a flexor strain at the start of September, but to this point he'd only been cleared to hit and not throw, so he's been limited to pinch-hit duty. He should have a chance to return to the starting lineup soon now that he's resumed throwing.
The Phillies reinstated Bruce (arm) from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
Bruce last appeared for the Phillies on Aug. 8 before landing on the IL with a flexor strain in his left arm. The veteran was able to complete two rehab games at Double-A Reading over the weekend prior to being reinstated, going hitless in eight at-bats. Though Bruce had occupied a strong-side platoon role prior to being shut down, he may have to settle for more limited at-bats with the hot-hitting Corey Dickerson seemingly establishing himself as the Phillies' preferred option in left field.
Bruce (arm) will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Reading on Friday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Bruce has been out since early August with a flexor strain. He's expected to appear in just two rehab games before rejoining the Phillies on Saturday. He's still only been cleared to hit and not to throw, though, so he'll be just a bat off the bench when he first returns.
Bruce was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to a flexor strain in his left arm, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Bruce reportedly suffered the injury on a throw in the third inning of Thursday's matchup, so the Phillies will place him right back on the shelf just one day after he'd returned from an oblique strain. He's not expected to throw for the next two weeks, per Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic. Adam Haseley was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
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