Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL last month due to a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, suffered a setback two days ago when he felt an issue in his hip while doing baseball activity, manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday.
Bruce has been shut down for 10 days and will be reevaluated after that time is up.
He said after being placed on the DL that there was no timetable for his return, and that the injuries may have impacted his play all season.
The 31-year-old Bruce, who signed a three-year deal worth $39 million during the offseason, has not hit a home run since May 7, and had just one extra-base hit in June.
Overall, Bruce is hitting .212/.292/.321 with three HR and 12 doubles in 62 games. He is on pace to finish the season with six home runs -- a year after hitting 36. His .321 slugging percentage is one of the lowest in all of baseball.
Bruce's line drive percentage is 23.3 percent, which is the second-best of his career, so he has been hitting the ball hard. And his fly ball rate of 45.4 percent is around his career rate of 42.5. But when he does hit the ball in the air, it's usually not going far, which can be seen when looking at his home run to fly ball rate.
Bruce's career HR/FB rate is 16.4 percent. It was 19.4 percent in 2016 and 18.5 percent in 2017. This season, it's an almost impossibly low 4.1 percent. And now we likely know why.