Bruce, 29, a three-time All-Star, is batting .265 (98-370) with 22 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 80 RBI and a .559 slugging percentage in 97 games. His 80 RBI lead the National League (fourth in the major leagues), while his 25 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the NL. Jay Bruce will wear #19.
Niese, 29, was 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA (60 earned runs/110.0 innings) in 23 games, 18 starts for the Pirates this year. He was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (two earned runs/8.1 innings) in five games in relief this season. He will reprise his uniform No. 49.
Original Report – 10:00 AM
With newcomers Jay Bruce and Jon Niese set to join the team today, the New York Mets may have as many as four new faces when they take the field tonight at Citi Field for game two of the Subway Series.
We’ll know more later today when the Mets are expected to report the results of Cabrera’s MRI and whether Ruggiano will in fact be forced to the DL after only a three day tenure with the team.