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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
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Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto has looked "spry" this spring.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer adds that Votto "looks to have more energy, more pep in his step" and is "driving the ball with authority." It's worth noting, though, that Votto has played nine innings in a Cactus League contest just once this spring. After being limited to 62 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, the first baseman has looked healthy this March and could be poised for a bounce-back season. Mar 29 - 10:27 AM

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Joey Votto swatted his first Cactus League home run on Friday as the Reds topped the Giants 6-5.

Votto took Tim Hudson deep to right to get the scoring started in the first inning. He finished the night 1-for-3, going down on strikes in each of his next two at-bats. While he's hitting just .232 on the spring, he boasts a .421 on-base percentage and looks to be fully recovered from the strained quadriceps that ended his 2014 season prematurely.
Mar 21 - 2:46 PM

Joey Votto went 0-for-1 with two walks as the Reds dropped Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rockies 1-0.

Votto walked in the first inning, grounded out in the third inning, and walked again in the fifth. The first baseman has only five official spring at-bats as the Reds aren't pushing him very hard in the first half of spring training. Votto missed significant time last season with a strained quadriceps, hitting only six home runs with a .255 average.
Mar 14 - 7:26 PM

Joey Votto walked and struck out in his two at-bats Monday, a walk-off 7-5 victory over the Angels.

Votto made his spring debut on Saturday. He's recovering from a strained quadriceps last season which sapped him of his power, so the Reds will be looking for that to make an appearance before the sand runs out of the Cactus League hourglass.
Mar 9 - 7:02 PM

Joey Votto went 1-for-2 in his Cactus League debut, but the Reds lost 3-2 to the Royals on Saturday.

Votto is returning from a distal strain of his quadriceps, which took him out of action for all of the second half of the 2014 season. The first baseman saw his offensive numbers tumble -- he hit .255 with six home runs in 272 plate appearances -- but a return to full health could make him primed for a rebound season in 2015.
Mar 7 - 5:31 PM

Joey Votto (quad) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Votto was held back a bit as he returns from last season's quad/knee issue, but he's feeling good and now is ready to play in games. The 31-year-old first baseman will be in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Saturday versus the Royals. Votto stands a good chance to bounce back in 2015 if he can remain healthy.
Mar 6 - 10:16 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Thursday that Joey Votto's Cactus League debut is imminent.

"You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there." Votto missed 100 games last season because of a distal quad strain. The 31-year-old first baseman is an excellent bounceback candidate for 2015.
Mar 5 - 11:30 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Joey Votto (quad) won't be out of the lineup for long.

Votto is not up to game speed, so the Reds are taking it slow with their first baseman. He missed the entirety of the second half of 2014 with a distal strain in his right quadriceps, finishing the season with an uncharacteristic .255/.390/.409 slash line. A return to health could springboard his numbers back into fantasy elite status.
Mar 3 - 10:00 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Joey Votto (quad) is not up to game speed.

But that was by design heading into the spring, and the 31-year-old first baseman should start seeing his name in Cactus League lineups soon. "I feel really, really good," Votto told reporters Monday. "I'm surprised at how good I feel this early. I feel like I'm trending toward being able to play games here in the not too distant future." He logged only 272 plate appearances in 2014 due to a distal quad strain. The potential is there for a big-time rebound.
Mar 2 - 2:16 PM

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.
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 22 - 10:31 AM

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

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Lou Marson
1B1Joey Votto
2Josh Satin
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Irving Falu
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Anthony DeSclafani
5Raisel Iglesias
6Jason Marquis
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jumbo Diaz
3Sam LeCure
4Burke Badenhop
5Tony Cingrani
6Sean Marshall
7JJ Hoover
8Manny Parra
9Jose Mijares
10Pedro Villarreal
11Kevin Gregg
12Nate Adcock
13Paul Maholm