CINCINNATI -- Since Jay Bruce was named National League Player of the Week while the Reds were off on Monday, the right fielder was a media focus on Tuesday. Several reporters flocked around Bruce's locker before batting practice.Bruce, who batted .476 with four home runs and 10 RBIs last week, earned Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in his career. Eric Davis holds the club record as a five-time honoree. "It's obviously great," Bruce said. "I'd like to extend this week as long as I can and continue to play well and just be consistent, really." Bruce, who entered Tuesday with home runs in a career-best four straight games, was one away from the team record of five held by Adam Dunn, Ted Kluszewski, Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr. During past hot streaks -- including a torrid month of May in 2011, when he was Player of the Month with 12 homers and 33 RBIs -- Bruce was prone to equally profound slumps. "Player of the Week isn't the problem. It's the other weeks where I kind of stink for a little bit," Bruce said. "I'm trying to make the most of this and minimize the downs and try to win games."
Cairo to go on Minor League rehab assignment
CINCINNATI -- Utility infielder Miguel Cairo, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring, wasn't activated when eligible on Tuesday. There is a good chance it won't happen on Wednesday either, it appears.The plan is to have Cairo go on a Minor League rehab assignment before he can be activated. "At first he wasn't thinking he would need it [rehab assignment], but he hadn't played that much prior to his injury," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not like it's mid-June or July and he has a whole bunch of at-bats. We need Miguel. The guy has been a big part of our team. We anticipate some time on the next road trip that he'll be back." The Reds depart Friday for a six-game road trip through Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. Cairo was on the field early Tuesday and ran the bases with no trouble. "I'm game ready, but it's different when you run the bases like this and you've got the game going on," said Cairo, who also took ground balls during batting practice. "You have to really push. We'll see how it feels later on or tomorrow."
Janish fractures wrist on hit by pitch
CINCINNATI -- Shortstop Paul Janish, who spent most of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Reds, suffered a fractured left wrist with Triple-A Louisville. Janish was hit by a pitch as the Bats played at Norfolk on Saturday and was placed on the disabled list."He was playing well, too," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "I heard he was one of the few guys playing well down there, so far." In 23 games, Janish was batting .315 with two home runs, four RBIs and a .390 on-base percentage. In other injury news out of Louisville, catcher Dioner Navarro was placed on the DL because of kidney stones.