Jay Bruce has been out of the Mets' lineup for over a month, and as one would think, frustration has set in.
Bruce was originally placed on the 10-day DL last month after experiencing a butt/back issue as well as plantar fascitis in his left foot. Most recently, he had a setback after suffering a right hip strain, which forced the Mets to shut him down.
"This has been a pretty helpless feeling for me," Bruce said prior to Friday's game against the Yankees to kick off the second half of the season.
Bruce made note that a program to begin swinging again should hopefully start up in the coming days. For now, he has been held to cardio work and throwing on the side.
Before Bruce hit the DL, his numbers were suffering as well. He owns a .212/.292/.321 slash line with three homers and 17 RBi over 62 games. This has been Bruce's worst statistical year since he entered the league in 2008, and these injuries could be playing a major part in that. For example, it was noted earlier this season he was playing through plantar fascitis.
Bruce will continue to work his way back to the team, but there is no definitive timetable for his return.