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Ailing Reds lose slugger Bruce for 3-4 weeks

CINCINNATI — Reds RF Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for about a month.

Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee but pinch hit. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear.

The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. They're currently missing RHP Mat Latos, LHP Tony Cingrani, C Devin Mesoraco, LH closer Aroldis Chapman and now their cleanup hitter.

Also, CF Billy Hamilton, who has missed three games with a sprained left hand, is expected back tonight.

FERNANDEZ FINE: Marlins ace RHP and former Alonso standout Jose Fernandez said he was feeling fine a day after being struck by a batted ball, and he doesn't expect to miss a turn in the rotation.

PUIG SORE: Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig was out of the lineup a day after a jarring crash into an outfield wall and is considered day to day. Also, Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu is set to begin a throwing program today, less than a week after going on the DL with left shoulder inflammation.

ANGELS: OF Josh Hamilton, who is recovering from April 11 surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, is set to take live batting practice this week.

CARDINALS: LHP Jaime Garcia does not appear to be seriously injured after being struck on the elbow by a pitch during a minor-league rehab start.

INDIANS: DH Jason Giambi went back on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf muscle.

TWINS: 1B Joe Mauer will miss at least one game with lower back spasms.

WHITE SOX: Ace LHP Chris Sale, out since April 17 with a flexor muscle strain, said he felt fine after his first bullpen session since the injury.

Ailing Reds lose slugger Bruce for 3-4 weeks 05/05/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 9:23pm]

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