I just was emailed that Jay Bruce is headed to AAA. I don’t know when or how soon and haven’t verified this yet, but it’s something I was told and thought I’d pass it on.

UPDATE: My source said he assumed it was effective today, but I haven’t been able to confirm it with anyone else yet.

UPDATE II: As Doug said in the comments, it’s official.

Following the game, Bruce was promoted to Triple-A Louisville to help plug short-term concerns with the Bats. Earlier this week, shortstop Paul Janish was called up to Louisville.

Lookouts manager Jayhawk Owens expects Bruce and Janish, two of Cincinnati’s top 10 prospects, back within a week.

UPDATE III: (7/13) From the Enquirer:

The Reds sent top prospect Jay Bruce to Triple-A Louisville.

It’s likely to be a temporary move. Dewayne Wise is on the DL with a hamstring injury.

What happens if Bruce is hitting .400 when Wise is healthy?

“We’ll have a decision to make,” player development director Terry Reynolds said.