Jay Bruce and his ailing bat returned to the Reds lineup Saturday night, after Bruce was given a rest Friday.

Bruce entered Saturday in an 0-for-14 skid and had gone 1-for-31 since mid-May. The slump dropped Bruce's batting average from .305 to .252, and Bruce said he benefited from resting Friday.

"It takes your mind off things a little bit," Bruce said. "I can't get too caught up in what's happened the last week or the last month. I have to think about today."

Reds manager Dusty Baker told Bruce to basically relax and do nothing Friday.

"I didn't hit at all," Bruce said. "I played infield a little bit (during batting practice), just messed around. I just tried to take in the off-day because I don't get a ton of them. We've got a long way to go."

Baker told Bruce to have fun but also to watch the game.

"Check out who's hitting and who's not and why, and see how that pertains to you," Baker said.