View Full Version : Jay Bruce off Team USA roster

10-20-2007, 11:17 AM
Went to look for Team USA schedule with an eye toward seeing Jay Bruce.

On October 19th, there is this note:
"Wright and Ruggiano replace Heath Phillips of the Chicago White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte) and Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds (Triple-A Louisville) on the roster. "

Source: USA BASEBALL ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO WORLD CUP ROSTER (http://mlb.mlb.com/usa_baseball/article.jsp?story=release_101907)

Haven't been able to find out why Bruce is off the roster. Anyone?

10-20-2007, 11:19 AM
From Baseball America's blog (http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/):

Aumont Joins Canada, Bruce leaves USA

Posted Oct. 19, 2007 3:13 pm by Ben Badler
Filed under: Daily Dish, World Cup

USA Baseball announced today that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, Baseball America’s 2007 Minor League Player of the Year, will not be on the team’s World Cup roster

Devil Rays outfielder Justin Ruggiano will take Bruce’s spot on the team. The 25-year-old Ruggiano hit .309/.386/.502 for Triple-A Durham with 20 homers and 26 stolen bases in 2007.

The Americans made a couple of other roster changes as well. The team added 25-year-old righthander Matt Wright, who pitched for Triple-A Omaha (Royals) this season. Wright went 10-5, 4.06 in the Pacific Coast League, walking only 40 batters in 137 1/3 innings. Wright replaces lefthander Heath Phillips (White Sox) on the roster.

Lefthander Neal Musser, a reliever who split time between Omaha and Kansas City in 2007, will also join the USA team. In 55 1/3 Triple-A innings, Musser held down a 0.49 ERA, including a stretch of 42 2/3 innings without surrendering an earned run. He appeared in 24 2/3 innings for Kansas City, posting a 4.38 ERA.

“Due to unanticipated scheduling conflicts for both Heath Phillips and Jay Bruce they will be unable to participate on the 2007 USA Baseball World Cup Team" USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler said in an e-mail. "Justin Ruggiano and Matt Wright have been added to fill the roster spots, and we are fortunate to have two such quality individuals available to join our team.”

Baseball Canada also released its 2007 World Cup roster, which features several younger talents, including six players who are 21 years old or younger. […] Continue Reading »

10-20-2007, 11:35 AM
Glad to hear its not injury related

10-20-2007, 12:00 PM
Maybe Dusty Baker wants him to do extra offseason stuff to be part of the Reds staff next year! :D

Ok, maybe not.

Bip Roberts
10-20-2007, 12:05 PM

10-20-2007, 12:12 PM

Unless we get back Cole Hamels or maybe Tim Lincecum.... Jay Bruce better not be traded.

10-20-2007, 12:55 PM
Its because Bruce has a 'Mildly sore hamstring'.

10-20-2007, 12:59 PM
Bruce is not participating because he's a good sport. He's giving the rest of the world a chance.

10-20-2007, 03:45 PM
Bruce is not participating because he's a good sport. He's giving the rest of the world a chance.


10-21-2007, 01:47 PM
Sore hamstrings sideline Reds prospect
Bruce kept off World Cup team

Top Reds hitting prospect Jay Bruce left the U.S. World Cup team and returned home to Texas because of sore hamstrings.

Bruce has been bothered by sore hamstrings since late in the minor league season.

They began bothering him again in the Instructional League as he prepared to join Team USA.

"We didn't want him to play if he wasn't 100 percent," Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said.

Krivsky said the injury isn't serious.

"He just needs to rest," Krivsky said.