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Bruce going home on ‘Baby Watch’

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce is on Daddy Watch.

He won’t be on the trip when the Cincinnati Reds begin six games on the road Monday night in New York, three games there followed by three games in Pittsburgh.

Bruce’s wife, Hannah, was due to give birth Saturday night and as of Sunday the couple’s son had not put in an appearance.

“Hopefully we can get this game (Sunday) in and then I can go home and take care of her,” said Bruce.

THE BABY WILL NOT be named Jay, Jr. “No, absolutely not. Carter, in honor of my grandpa. We called him Daddy Carter. He was DeWitt Carter Stanford. And the baby’s middle name will be John, after Hanna’s uncle. Carter John Bruce.”

What happens if Bruce gets the call during Sunday’s game?

“We have a contingency plan in place,” said manager Bryan Price. “Jay will miss some time once the baby arrives.”

BILLY HAMILTON hit off a tee and swung at some soft tosses Saturday, then took batting practice in the underground cages Sunday to check on the health of his sore left thumb.

“His hand is coming along better than I thought, because I didn’t think I’d be seeing him swing the bat for about a week,” said Price. “He has been able make faster progressions than I anticipated. So he is a usable player today.”

Hamilton was not in the starting lineup but Price indicated he was available for any baseball duties – pinch-run, pinch-hit, defensive replacement.

HOMER BAILEY MAKES his second rehab start Tuesday at Class AAA Pensacola, returns to Cincinnati Wednesday, then drives to Dayton Thursday to throw a bullpen session at Fifth Third Field.

Also on Thursday, Anthony DeSclafani makes a rehab start for the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third.

Bailey was sitting on his locker Sunday morning in Great American Ball Park and somebody mentioned all the new and different faces wearing Reds uniforms this year.

And this is no knock on anybody, just fact, when Bailey said, “Yeah, I know. When I walked into spring training I was like that fan in the movie Major League looking at the Indians roster and say, ‘Who are these guys?’ That’s exactly the way I felt.”

DeSCLAFANI PITCHED on rehab at Pensacola Saturday night and Price said he reportedly, “Felt great. I got a report that came through the trainer and from (manager) Pat Kelly himself. He said he felt fine. One guy got him for a couple of homers on a couple of mistake breaking balls, but otherwise he was very good — good velocity, sharp slider, was healthy and made it through his 60-pitch outing with no concerns. It was a positive review.”

THE REDS WERE scheduled to fly to New York after Sunday’s game, meaning there is a dress code for the flight — dress pants, dress shirt, sport coat, no jeans.

Somebody laughed and said, “I wish we had Chicago manager Joe Maddon’s dress code. He says, ‘If you feel sexy in it, wear it.’”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m just getting the hang of not putting these guys on a pedastal.” — Reds outfielder Tyler Holt, talking about opposing pitchers and players.

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