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Jay Bruce | Outfielder | #19

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 227
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (12) / CIN
Contract: view contract details
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Jay Bruce (foot) has returned to the Mets' lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
Bruce missed back-to-back starts due to a recurrence of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but he has dismissed the issue as minor. He'll bat fifth against Gio Gonzalez. Apr 17 - 3:23 PM

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Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Monday against the Marlins.

It's his second straight day out of the lineup. Bruce revealed that he's dealing with a recurrence of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but he expects to return Tuesday. Brandon Nimmo, fresh off his big game on Sunday, will make another start in the outfield and hit leadoff.
Apr 16 - 3:29 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez are also sitting. The Mets have Brandon Nimmo in right field, Jose Reyes at second base and Wilmer Flores at first.
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce did some pregame work at first base on Tuesday.

Bruce believes he'll need about 4-5 days of work to shake the rust before getting into a game. It likely would have happened sooner, but Bruce dealt with a foot injury during spring training. Either way, having Bruce as an option would really help the versatility of the Mets' roster following the return of Michael Conforto.
Apr 10 - 7:34 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.

The Mets are sitting a couple of their regulars against lefty Caleb Smith, as Wilmer Flores will start in place of Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Michael Conforto will make the start in right field while Juan Lagares plays center.
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce hit a grand slam in the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Nationals on Thursday.

Bruce doubled and scored on a Stephen Strasburg balk in the top of the second inning and then belted a four-run shot off Brandon Kintzler in the top of the seventh, spoiling the Nationals' home opener. The 31-year-old had some issues with plantar fasciitis early on in Mets camp, but he looks plenty healthy now. New York signed Bruce to a three-year, $39 million free agent contract in January. The Mets are 5-1 to open the 2018 season.
Apr 5 - 4:06 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce (foot) will make his spring debut on Tuesday.

Bruce has downplayed the severity of the situation, but the Mets decided to take it slow after he came down with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. They likely wouldn't be putting him back out there unless he felt close to 100 percent, so it's safe to say that the issue is behind him.
Feb 27 - 9:09 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce said Sunday that the plantar fasciitis he's dealing with in his left foot is a "non-issue."

Bruce ran the bases Sunday and is on track to serve as a designated hitter in Tuesday's game. "It’s February 25," he said. "Guns-a-blazing aren’t really necessary right now."
Feb 25 - 11:13 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce is day-to-day with a case of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

Bruce isn't expected to get into game action until at least Tuesday. It's not something to be overly concerned with at this point, although plantar fasciitis can tend to linger. Obviously, the Mets will proceed cautiously with their right fielder.
Feb 25 - 9:53 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce will be held out of action until at least Tuesday due to a sore heel.

It's early in the spring so there's no reason to take any unnecessary risks regarding injuries, so they'll give Bruce a couple of days for the issue to subside. It doesn't seem like the type of injury that should linger into the season.
Feb 24 - 10:55 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mets signed OF Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized on Tuesday evening after Bruce passed his physical. He'll be introduced -- or rather reintroduced -- at a press conference Wednesday at Citi Field. The 30-year-old slugger batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland before entering a relatively unkind free agent market. He projects to hit near the heart of the Mets' batting order in 2018, with everyday starts coming between the two corner outfield spots and first base.
Jan 16 - 8:45 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Jay Bruce's contract with the Mets will have a limited no-trade clause.

Bruce will be allowed to pick five teams that he can block trades to each year of the three-year deal. That could be important for the veteran outfielder, as the reported $39 million contract is somewhat back-loaded and will certainly be more appealing to certain clubs than others. Bruce still has to pass a physical before his new agreement with the Mets will become finalized.
Jan 10 - 10:34 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Jay Bruce will sign with the Mets, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting it will be a three-year, $39 million deal.

Finalization of the contract is pending a physical. It's somewhat back-loaded, as Bruce is due to make $10 million in 2018 and $14.5 million in the 2019-2020 seasons. Bruce came over to the Mets in a deadline deal with the Reds in 2016, and then was traded from New York to Cleveland when the Mets fell out of contention last summer. The power-hitting outfielder, who turns 31 years old this April, posted a combined .832 OPS with 36 home runs and 101 RBI over 146 games between the Mets and Indians in 2017. He'll be an everyday player for the Mets again this year, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Bruce may be asked to play some first base as well as the corner outfield. He will likely hit in the middle of the Mets' batting order.
Jan 10 - 9:09 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets have "spoken in recent days with Jay Bruce's agent."

Puma says a reunion with Bruce is "still very much a possibility" for the Mets, but the 30-year-old outfielder is probably waiting for some of the dominoes to fall on the free agent position player market so that he can get a better idea of what kind of contract he might be able to command. Bruce batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland. He has also drawn reported interest this winter from the Giants, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Rockies.
Jan 10 - 2:11 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms the Mets are still talking to free agent Jay Bruce.

Puma notes, however, that they have not made Bruce an offer. There's obviously interest in a reunion, but multiple reports have indicated that the Mets are running on a tight budget this offseason, so the price tag will probably have to drop from where it is right now. At that point, the Giants might swoop in. ESPN's Buster Olney wrote Wednesday that San Francisco wants Bruce on a three-year deal. The 30-year-old outfielder batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 09:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Kevin Plawecki
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2T.J. Rivera
2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Wilmer Flores
SS1Amed Rosario
2Jose Reyes
3B1Todd Frazier
2David Wright
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Michael Conforto
2Juan Lagares
3Brandon Nimmo
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Jason Vargas
6Zack Wheeler
7Rafael Montero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2A.J. Ramos
3Anthony Swarzak
4Jerry Blevins
5Paul Sewald
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Gerson Bautista