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Jay Bruce doesn’t start for second straight game

Jay Bruce of the New York Mets walks

Jay Bruce of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after striking out to end the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

For the second straight game, Mets rightfielder Jay Bruce did not start, part of what manager Terry Collins termed a mental health break. But the struggling Bruce expects to be in the lineup Tuesday.

“Terry’s the decision-maker and I respect his decision,” said Bruce, who has flopped since his trade to the Mets at the Aug. 1 deadline. “I’ll be ready to play. The way he explained it, I’ll be in there like normal starting tomorrow. I look forward to getting back in there.”

Since coming from the Reds, Bruce was hitting .181 with four homers in 38 games heading into Monday. Collins hopes Bruce takes advantage of the chance to “catch your breath.” Earlier in the season, the tactic worked for Neil Walker, who had been scuffling.

“Over the season, things build up,” Bruce said. “Any time you can clear your mind a little bit, it’s important. I definitely respect his decision and I will be ready to go.”

Reassurance for Rosario

As the trade deadline approached, other teams hoped to pry shortstop Amed Rosario from the Mets, but they never seriously entertained moving their top prospect.

“That makes me feel very good,” Rosario said through a translator. “It just reassures me that I could possibly have a future here playing at Citi Field.”

Rosario, 20, was honored Monday for being named one of the Sterling organizational co-players of the year. He hit .324 in 120 games between Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

Rosario shared the honor with Brandon Nimmo. Lefty P.J. Conlon was named the organization’s pitcher of the year. The lefty went 12-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 24 games between Class A Columbia and St. Lucie.

Others honored included T.J. Rivera, Philip Evans, Tomas Nido, David Thompson, Desmond Lindsay, Thomas Szapucki, Carlos Sanchez, Raul Beracierta, Andres Gimenez and Dominic Smith, the former first-round pick who hit a career-high 14 homers with Double-A Binghamton.

“It’s not swinging at bad pitches, that’s the biggest thing,” Smith said. “You’ve got to lay off the tough pitches until you get something to hit.”


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