Jay Bruce will make his first career start at first base tonight as the Reds start a five-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
Bruce, who has never played first base in either the major or minor leagues, will hit clean-up in the batting order.
It'll be a second consecutive day off for Joey Votto who is still showing signs of discomfort since coming off the disabled list with a strained left quad. The former MVP spent part of Monday visiting the Reds team doctor for what Bryan Price called "extensive testing" on Votto's previously injured quad. Price says he does not yet know the results of the tests.
It has been reported Votto could soon be heading back to the DL because of the injury. The Reds have not announced any roster moves or transactions involving Votto. Price says he doesn't believe the injury will force Votto to miss the rest of the season.
Bruce has recently been practicing playing defense at first base in batting practice and says he played first base extensively in high school. Bruce last played the position at 17-years-old.
Bruce admitted some pre-game butterflies, but added, "I'm a major leaguer. I expect to perform well."
Skip Schumaker will start in right field in place of Bruce.
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