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08/26/09 7:43 PM ET

Bruce hopes to move on in rehab

Outfielder has cast off, wants to swing the bat soon

MILWAUKEE -- The cast over what was a broken right wrist is long gone and the splint has been off for a few days now. Now right fielder Jay Bruce is itching to take his rehab to the next level.

Bruce will find out on Friday if that is possible. He is due to be examined by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek, who will determine whether Bruce has healed enough to pick up a bat and start taking some swings again.

"I'm starting to simulate swinging movements," Bruce said on Wednesday before heading to the trainer's room. "Hopefully, sometime next week I will be able to swing a bat. I can't say for sure."

Bruce fractured his wrist on July 11 vs. the Mets while attempting a sliding catch and has been on the disabled list ever since. In 83 games, he is batting .207 with 18 home runs and 41 RBIs. With 36 games remaining as of Thursday, the quest is to get Bruce into some games next month.

"I'll definitely play before the season is over, for sure, barring any setbacks," Bruce said. "That's my plan."

Bruce, 22, is also planning on heading to the Dominican Republic in November and spending about a month in winter ball with the Aguilas club.

"I want to make up for lost time," he said. "Hopefully, I will get close to 100 at-bats and try to have some good ones and take that into the offseason and into next season."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.