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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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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

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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

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

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C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
4Lou Marson
1B1Joey Votto
2Josh Satin
3Neftali Soto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Irving Falu
SS1Zack Cozart
2Eugenio Suarez
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
3Chris Dominguez
LF1Marlon Byrd
2Brennan Boesch
3Donald Lutz
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
3Kyle Waldrop
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Homer Bailey
3Mike Leake
4Tony Cingrani
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Raisel Iglesias
7Dylan Axelrod
8David Holmberg
9Paul Maholm
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Jumbo Diaz
3Sam LeCure
4Burke Badenhop
5Sean Marshall
6JJ Hoover
7Manny Parra
8Jose Mijares
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras
11Daniel Corcino
12Ryan Dennick
13Kevin Gregg
14Nate Adcock