Outfielder Jay Bruce has gone just 13-for-67 to kick off his second stint with the New York Mets.
In order to get his head straight, manager Mickey Callaway gave him an off day on Sunday, a game that was ultimately rained out. The Mets traveled Monday and didn’t play either, so for Bruce, the two off days might suit him well.
“I think he’s in a spot right now where he is trying to figure things out,” Callaway said. “Never a comfortable spot to be in. It leaks into defense, it leaks into all parts of his game. Jay Bruce is a real good player, he’ll bounce back. He’s been through this before, as everybody has. He’ll end up turning it around.”
Bruce signed a three-year deal to rejoin the Mets this offseason after they shipped him off to the Cleveland Indians during their playoff hunt last year.
With the Mets in 2017, he launched 29 home runs and drove in 75 runs while hitting to a .256/.321/.520 clip over 448 plate appearances.
While it’s been a struggle for Bruce this year, he notched a base hit on Saturday and said he is starting to adjust at the plate.
“I’ve started feeling a little bit better at the plate the last few days,” Bruce said. “Usually, I like to play through these things, but he’s the manager and makes the decisions. I understand it.”
A lingering problem Bruce has endured since spring training is plantar fasciitis. This has led him to start “shockwave therapy” to combat the issue.
“It helps break up the adhesions in there,” Bruce said. “It’s really been feeling good.”
Hopefully for Bruce and the Mets, the off days combined with Bruce’s therapy will help get the slugger back on the right track.