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Things are Looking up; Joey Votto Making Progress and Hopes to Join Cincinnati Reds Soon

June 1st, 2014 at 11:02 PM
By Cody Dalga

Even with injuries plaguing the Cincinnati Reds since the beginning of Spring Training, they have a found a way to win ball games.

Since May 15, which happened to be the last time fans saw Joey Votto in the lineup, the Reds have gone just 9-9 and have used several different players including Roger Bernadina, Brayan Pena, and Todd Frazier to replace him.

'Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19)' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Luckily, it may not be long before Votto is back in the lineup where he belongs. While the team has been on the west coast road trip, Votto has been in Cincinnati running and hitting before a possible rehab assignment. 

"We discussed the importance of it," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "His situation, with the soreness and the strength deficit he had when we went on the road to Philly and Washington, was pretty significant. The only way really to have any understanding of if this is behind him is to play."

Price mentioned the All-Star first baseman is making good progress.

"He's feeling much, much better. I'm very encouraged by the conversation," Price said Sunday.

He was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 21 and was eligible to return on Saturday. The reported original plan was to have Votto complete another workout and have the day off Monday before reevaluating the injury. 
 
If he is not at 100 percent, it is most likely that Votto will have a rehab assignment before joining the club in early June. 

"We'll get a chance to see him when we get back," said Price. "We want to make sure he feels good for a couple of days."

Tags: Baseball, Brayan Pena, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, MLB, Roger Bernadina, todd frazier

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