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Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went on the bereavement list before the second game of a series against the Diamondbacks.

The team did not provide details to honor Bruce's privacy. Bruce is eligible to rejoin the team Friday in Miami.

The Reds lost nine of their first 10 games since the All-Star break. Their offense has struggled with first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips on the disabled list.

Votto has a strained muscle above his left knee and is out indefinitely. Phillips is recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb that is expected to sideline him until the end of August.

Bruce is batting .215 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs.

The Reds called up reliever Curtis Partch for his fifth stint with Cincinnati.

Rays ace Price wants to stay

Rays ace David Price said he hopes to stay with the team as the trade deadline approaches.

Major league clubs have until Thursday to make trades without putting players through waivers.

Price said before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee that “hopefully” he'll remain with the Rays. He said that we'll “have some answers here in the next couple of days.”

Price has won sixth straight starts going into his next scheduled outing Wednesday against the Brewers. The former AL Cy Young winner is 11-7 with a 3.08 ERA in 22 starts this season.

Nats OF Werth sits with ankle sprain

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was held out of the starting lineup against the Marlins after spraining his right ankle Monday.

Werth left Monday's 7-6 loss to the Marlins in the seventh inning after awkwardly sliding into second base trying to stretch a single into a double. Werth is batting .284 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs for the Nationals.

“He's a little swollen today,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said.

Nate McLouth started in Werth's place. Werth pinch-hit and flied out in the ninth inning.

Royals starting to get healthy

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer returned to the lineup against Minnesota after starting just once in the past seven games because of a bruised hand.

Also, left-hander Jason Vargas threw a four-inning simulated game that could be the final hurdle in returning to the starting rotation following an appendectomy.

The Royals are trying to end a playoff drought that stretches to 1985.

Around the league

The Dodgers announced Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return for his 66th season in 2015. ... The Diamondbacks called up right-hander Bo Schultz to help their tired bullpen before the second game of their series against the Reds. … The Rangers will skip Nick Tepesch when his next turn in the rotation comes up Friday.

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