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Bruce starts jogging, taking batting practice

CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce, expected to be out four weeks after he had May 5 surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee, took a big step on Tuesday.

Bruce did some jogging and took batting practice with the team on the field. He wore a wrap around his knee. A couple of days ago, he rode an exercise bike and used an elliptical machine.

"It's progressing very well," Bruce said. "I'm as happy as I could be with it so far."

Bruce hoped to join the Reds on their next road trip on Friday.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.
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