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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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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. Sep 12 - 10:12 AM

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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
Sep 9 - 5:31 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.
Sep 7 - 10:35 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.
Aug 29 - 5:15 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.
Aug 27 - 6:30 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.
Aug 26 - 4:24 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.
Aug 23 - 10:44 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.
Aug 21 - 6:15 PM

Reds transferred 1B Joey Votto from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move cleared space on the 40-man roster for Dylan Axelrod. Votto cannot return until early September now, but he wasn't expected back before then, anyway. He's yet to resume baseball activities.
Aug 17 - 9:07 AM

The Reds are hoping Joey Votto (quad) will be ready to resume baseball activities during the last 7-10 days of August.

"That's just an optimist's view," manager Bryan Price admitted. "There's really no way to tell 100 percent of when he will initiate his reintroduction to all the baseball stuff." Votto to this point has been limited to strengthening exercises. The Reds don't expect him to require a rehab assignment, so he should be able to return shortly after beginning baseball activities. However, it's obvious that his timetable is still very much up in the air.
Aug 13 - 10:06 AM

Joey Votto (quad) recently began light strengthening exercises.

The strengthening exercises came after a couple round of platelet-rich plasma injections. "There are a bunch of pain-free range-of-motion stuff before we can get to the real strengthening stuff," Reds trainer Paul Lessard said. "That's the key to the whole thing. He's been doing great. The problem is if you start doing stuff when he doesn't have a pain-free range-of-motion, that's when you go backward instead of forward." Dr. Tim Kremchek thinks Votto will return for the Reds for the "stretch run, the last four or five weeks."
Aug 3 - 9:33 AM

Joey Votto (quad) received the second of two rounds of platelet-rich plasma injections on Monday.

"That is a part of his recovery," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "There's a couple of days of ... I don't want to say total inactivity, but resting it and not doing a lot on the knee and then returning to his rehab protocol. It's a good thing, because it's a part of his recovery that we think is going to be very effective." General manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on Sunday that he expected Votto to be on the shelf for about five more weeks. He's dealing with a distal strain of his left quad.
Jul 21 - 8:40 PM

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still approximately five weeks away from a return.

Jocketty has pegged late August as the timetable for both Votto and Brandon Phillips (thumb). Votto, of course, is dealing with a nagging distal left quadriceps strain, an ailment that first popped up in mid-May. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being fully healthy until next season.
Jul 20 - 11:51 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said over the weekend that he expects Joey Votto (quad) to be sidelined for "weeks" and not "months and months and months."

"It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more weeks; I'm not talking about months and months and months," Price said. "But with both Brandon [Phillips] and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days. So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back." Votto had missed less than a week of action when Price spoke, so obviously the first baseman is nowhere near ready to return. It's a very vague timetable, so it's pointless to even speculate when Votto might be back. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on him being fully healthy until next season, as his quad/knee injury has proved to be a nagging issue.
Jul 16 - 1:52 PM

Reds placed 1B Joey Votto on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a strained left quad.

Votto went through infield drills Monday, but he's still feeling some soreness and will now get some extended rest. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, but it's important that the Reds get him healthy for the second half. We are likely to see a combination of Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brayan Pena at first base during his absence.
Jul 8 - 10:35 AM

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C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2Donald Lutz
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
2Jake Elmore
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
4Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
2Yorman Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
6Dylan Axelrod
7David Holmberg
8Daniel Corcino
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Logan Ondrusek
6Pedro Villarreal
7Trevor Bell
8Sean Marshall
9Carlos Contreras
10Ryan Dennick
11JJ Hoover