The next injury in line for the Cincinnati Reds in this season, which seems to have had 50 so far, is the knee of Jay Bruce. After the game on Sunday the team announced that Bruce will need surgery on his meniscus in his knee and will miss 3-4 weeks.
The Reds will miss his presence in the lineup, as the second highest on-base percentage hitter in the lineup that needs more guys that can get on base. While injuries are never well timed, this one is at a very poor time for the Reds as they just designated an outfielder for assignment.
Looking at other 40-man roster outfielders, it is bleak. Donald Lutz is off to an incredible start and spent time with the Reds last year, but he is dealing with a hamstring injury and while he isn’t on the disabled list, he has played once in the last 10 days. Yorman Rodriguez, off to a good start in Pensacola, is on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Ryan LaMarre is on the disabled list with a knee injury. Juan Duran is the only guy healthy at this point and he is overmatched right now in Double-A Pensacola.
How the Reds proceed will be interesting. Perhaps they elect to go with an infielder and use Skip Schumaker/Chris Heisey as their backup outfielder when the other one is starting on that day. Of course the current 40-man roster doesn’t have an infielder that isn’t on the active roster. Will the Reds have to add a player to the 40-man roster in order to replace Bruce? If so, that player could be a surprise as the options in Double and Triple-A are quite limited at this point in time.