Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster.
On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.
With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue.
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 has 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 seven home runs -- a year after hitting 36. His .321 slugging percentage is the eighth-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.