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Joey Votto | First Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 221
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that reports on Joey Votto's health have been "very, very good."
"Right now, we’re looking to hit the ground running when Joey gets to [Goodyear, Arizona]," said Price. "The last report when [strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn] was up in Toronto earlier this month was very, very good." Votto missed 100 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, but he was nearing full health by the end of the regular season and is a strong bounceback candidate in 2015. The 31-year-old first baseman boasts an outstanding .310/.417/.533 career batting line. Jan 22 - 10:31 AM
Source: MLBlogs

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Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that he has spoken with Joey Votto (quad) recently and that he's expected to have "zero limitations" going into spring training.

Votto was limited to just 62 games this past season due to a distal quad strain and didn't play after July 5, but he progressed to baseball activities by the end of the year and his offseason rehab has gone well so far. Things sound positive right now, but fantasy owners will understandably be hesitant about him going into 2015.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 05:55:00 PM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that Joey Votto (quad) is "doing great. We're getting good reports."

Votto progressed to performing baseball activities by the end of the regular season but didn't return to game action. He's continued his rehab and workouts in Toronto this winter. "[Strength and conditioning coach] Sean Marohn has checked in with him and has been up to see him," Jocketty said. "He said it's going well." Barring a setback (which is certainly possible given the history of his nagging distal quad strain), Votto should be fine for spring training.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Reds activated 1B Joey Votto from the 60-day disabled list.

Votto was limited to just 62 games this season due to a distal quad strain. He'll be a bit of an injury red flag heading into the 2015 campaign.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:10:00 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that the team should know "in the next day or two" whether Joey Votto (quad) will return this season.

Given that they have just five games remaining, they'll obviously have to make a decision soon. Votto has been performing all baseball-related activities of late, but the Reds have to decide whether it's worth bringing him back for a few token appearances. "He was doing everything – hitting in the cage, taking ground balls, running bases, by the last day there in St. Louis, but we'll probably know more on that in the next day or two, I'd imagine," Price said. "There's not a whole lot of time left."
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:11:00 AM

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Joey Votto's (quad) return this season is looking "doubtful."

Votto has taken batting practice four straight days and ran the bases on Friday, but, according to Reds manager Bryan Price, he's "not pain-free." The club has little to gain in activating Votto for a handful of games. "He's not 100 percent, and he won't be at any time during the rest of this season," Price said. "So the question is, do we want to play him at less than 100 percent? He still hasn't seen any live pitching."
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:44:00 AM

Joey Votto (quad) took batting practice Tuesday.

It's the first time he's done so since landing on the disabled list in early July with a distal left quad strain. Votto has upped his workouts recently and is with the Reds on the road, so it appears that a return before the end of the season is still a possibility. Even if he does come back, however, he'll likely get in only a handful of games.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 06:33:00 PM

Joey Votto (quad) traveled with the Reds to Milwaukee for their three-city road trip that begins on Friday.

It doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be activated at some point during the trip, but there's a chance. Votto has taken ground balls and hit off a tee as he slowly but surely ramps up his activity level. The first baseman has been on the shelf since early July with a distal left quad strain.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Joey Votto (quad) took more grounders Tuesday.

Votto is slowly but surely easing back into baseball activities. It's still uncertain whether he will be able to return this season. "As you would know, everything will go up incrementally," Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday. "When it’s going to go up, it’s hard for me to say. He’s hit off the tee. He’s taken groundballs. As the trainers allow, he will increase his workload unless there is a reason not to increase it."
Source: MLBlogs
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:31:00 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that the club has not yet considered shutting down Joey Votto (quad).

"Not at this point," Price said. "We've tried to stay the course with the expectation of getting him on the field when he's ready. We just don't know if we'll be able to get him on the field yet." Votto has made progress since he felt pain when fielding grounders on August 27, but he's yet to be cleared to do some more fielding. Even in a best-case scenario, the first baseman would only make it back for a handful of games. Obviously fantasy owners can't count on him.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort" when fielding ground balls on Wednesday.

"He took a few ground balls (Wednesday)," Price said. "It wasn't as good a result as we had hoped. There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are. We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement. He took some light swings yesterday and he'll be able to gradually increase baseball workload based on how he feels." The Reds aren't ready to shut Votto down for the season and don't think his distal quad strain will be a chronic injury. However, with the club's playoff hopes dwindling, the odds of them bringing Votto back in the final month aren't good at this point. Fantasy owners certainly shouldn't be expecting to get him back.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 05:15:00 PM

Joey Votto (quad) did some "baseball activities" Wednesday, taking ground balls.

Votto has also been playing catch and doing some running. He appears to be getting closer to a return, but the minor league seasons ending over the weekend limits his opportunities to get into rehab games. Even when he comes back he won't be 100 percent, Reds manager Bryan Price has continued to say, and it's still unclear when that return may be.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 06:30:00 PM

Joey Votto (quad) has begun throwing and taking dry swings.

It's the first dose of baseball-related activities for Votto since he landed on the disabled list July 6 with a strained left quad. The Reds have plummeted out of the postseason picture in his absence and aren't going to rush him back at this point. Votto can probably be dropped in redraft leagues.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 04:24:00 PM

Sources told's Ken Rosenthal that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds' general manager in 2015.

There's been talk of Jocketty perhaps reuniting with Tony La Russa in Arizona, but it doesn't sound like either Jocketty or the Reds is ready for a divorce. Jocketty's lack of inventiveness and eagerness to overcommit to spare parts are both problems at this stage of his long, excellent career, especially given the Reds' annual lack of financial flexibility. Moving on and trying something different would be the right move for Cincinnati.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Joey Votto (quad) remains without a timetable to return.

Updates on Votto's progress have been few and far between, which isn't a great sign. The first baseman has yet to resume baseball activities and on Thursday didn't offer any clues as to how far along he is. "So the second I’m capable of playing and I’m no longer injured, I’ll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I’m injured." With the Reds rapidly falling out of playoff contention, the probability of Votto eventually being shut down for the season would seem to be rising.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Raisel Iglesias
9Amir Garrett
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Sean Marshall
6Pedro Villarreal
7JJ Hoover
8Carlos Contreras
9Ryan Dennick
10Daniel Corcino
11Jose Mijares