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Joey Votto and Jay Bruce Trade Places Prior to Wednesday’s Game

May 23rd, 2014 at 12:59 AM
By Cody Dalga

It has been a roller coaster season for the Cincinnati Reds. Injuries have plagued the team since Spring Training and they continue to fill slots on the DL as each week passes.

'Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Prior to Wednesday's game the Reds were able to activate Jay Bruce from the DL after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, but the excitement was short lived as it was revealed that first baseman Joey Votto would take his place after straining his quad.

Votto did not play travel with the team on this past road trip meaning his disabled list stint was retroactive as of May 16. 

"We don't want to give Joey a week off and then have him slightly improved from when we left him," manager Bryan Price said. "We want him to be as close — we might not be able to get him to 100 percent during the year, but 90 percent would be a lot better than 50 percent."

Bruce hasn't seen action since the first week of May and is batting just .216 this season with just three home runs. Bruce had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.
 
After word was released that Votto would not travel with the team to begin the road trip in Philadelphia, many speculated as to whether he would find himself on the disabled list. He is technically eligible to return May 31, meaning he'd miss not only the upcoming series with the St. Louis Cardinals, but also three games against Los Angeles Dodgers and the first two games against Arizona.
 
The team will have to find fill-ins for those series. Brayan Pena, who has spent significant time behind the plate this season, as well as Neftali Soto may be favorable choices while Votto is absent. 
 
 
 

 

Tags: Baseball, Brayan Pena, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, MLB

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