The Mets have announced that Jay Bruce left Wednesday night’s game due to a cramp in his right calf. The team says the outfielder departed the game for precautionary reasons.
After Bruce had legged out a bloop double in the second inning against Carlos Martinez, he came up slightly favoring his right leg. Terry Collins and Ray Ramirez came out shortly after and immediately pulled him from the game. He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza. De Aza ended up coming around to score on an Asdrubal Cabrera double that tied the game 1-1 at the time.
Bruce has hit a disappointing .158/.247/.263 in his 20 games with the Mets so far since being acquired from the Reds on July 31. The Mets had hoped he would bring some of his RISP mojo with him from Cincinnati, but instead he has languished in all offensive situations. He had hit .265/.316/.559 with the Reds before the Mets acquired him at the trade deadline for Dilson Herrera.
While he is clearly struggling at the plate, it is certainly encouraging that the injury appears to be minor.