All those doubles and triples hit by second baseman/third baseman/left fielder Mike Griffin translated into the first ESPN (WING) Radio 1410 Dragons Player of the Month for April.
J.D. Roberts and Bobby Mosby had been sharing first base, but Roberts was sent back to extended spring training to work on his hitting, and Mosby has had a heal problem that has relegated him most of the time to designated hitting.
Jay Bruce has spent a lot of time recently as a designated hitter instead of playing the outfield. The 19-year-old has had a tender shoulder, and upper Reds management didn't want it to linger. Bruce did play three straight days in the outfield, but was DH again Tuesday.
As for Bruce's hitting, which included two homers on Monday, Gardner said, "He's still learning, but he can hit. He's got the gift."