Reds OF Bruce reports to camp 16 pounds slimmer

The Associated Press Published:

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds fans will see less of Jay Bruce this season.

The outfielder has reported to camp weighing 16 pounds less than at the end of last season. It's a noticeable change for the All-Star, who thinks the slimmer body will make him faster and help him get through the season better.

Though he made the All-Star team last season, his batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage dropped slightly. Bruce batted .256 with 32 homers and 97 RBIs in 157 games.

Bruce started losing weight in January, dropping the 16 pounds in six weeks through workouts and diet. Manager Dusty Baker thinks the weight loss will help Bruce at the plate, allowing him to get through his swing a little quicker.

Reds position players report to camp on Friday.