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Joey Votto aims to resume baseball-related workouts Monday

Jul 28, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the goods:

Joey Votto has not yet resumed baseball activities — other than throwing some — but he’ll likely start Monday when the team returns home.

“Ideally,” said trainer Paul Lessard.

Votto has played games of catch and done some light running but has yet to truly test his surgically-repaired left knee. If all goes well in his workouts, the 28-year-old first baseman could be back in the Reds’ starting lineup by the second week of August.

Votto was batting .342/.465/.604 with 14 homers and 49 RBI in 86 games before going under the knife.

The Reds are a surprising 9-2 in his absence and are currently leading the Rockies at Coors Field.

  1. haterhurter937 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Votto=douche bag

  2. stanggtman - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Haterhurter = ultimate douchebag

  3. haterhurter937 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    no response for fags who drive fords.

    • whodeytn - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      What kind of immature child still calls people “fags”?

      Either you’re 14 or you have a very pathetic life. Either way, you’re the ultimate douchebag.

  4. florida76 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Good to see Votto return, the only downside for him will be in the later MVP voting. Some thought the Reds would falter without Votto, but they’ve gone 10-2. Take McCutchen away from the Pirates, and there’s no way they go 10-2 without him.

  5. johnnyb1976 - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Haterhurter = disgruntled pirates fan

  6. mitchem85 - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    and all of you calling him a ” douche bag” really think that’s any better than “fag” ? What are you?! tweens? no need to jump on his back because he voices an opinion. no matter how much you may disagree, you guys started the name calling.

    Get it together.

  7. metalhead65 - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    the only problem with Votto coming back is what do you do with Todd Frazier? dusty will only sit rolen after a night game and third is his normal position and Votto won’t be sitting once he comes back and ludwick should have left field nailed down.this guy is over looked but should be in conversation in the rookie of the rookie of the year voting. he won’t get it because it’s already been decide that harper is the chosen one but he leads him in most catagories in less at bats,plus he can play almost any position.

  8. mybrunoblog - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Am I the only one thinking that in looking at that picture, Votto is channeling his inner Iron Man.

  9. watchfullhose - Jul 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Joey Votto is anything but a “douche-bag”. He’s a class act and I can’t even think of why someone would say that (unless simply to troll angry responses from others).

  10. mrredlegz - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    That’s the beauty of Todd Frazier. He can still get regular ABs by spelling everyone BUT Votto and Phillips. The kid most certainly deserves ROY at this point.

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