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Dusty Baker on if Joey Votto will return from knee surgery this weekend: “Oh, hell no”

Aug 2, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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Joey Votto was on the field taking some ground balls at first base this morning, but afterward manager Dusty Baker made it very clear that the former MVP won’t be coming off the disabled list this weekend:

Oh, hell no. What weekend? You’ve still got to run. He just started playing a little first base.

Votto was given a three-week recovery timetable after undergoing knee surgery on July 17 and Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he “was not wearing a knee brace and looked to be moving around pretty well.”

Votto was having another MVP-caliber season before the surgery and the Reds have played amazingly well in his absence, going 13-3 while using Todd Frazier as the primary first baseman.

  1. firemarshal1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Coach Baker, great job dispelling any Joey Votto rumors for an early return. Get him Tiger! We need a healthy Joey Votto at the end of the season. We can beat the Pirates without Joey right now. Everybody coming together as a team.

    • hittfamily - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      Ludwick and Frazier hae been on fire. You are right, there is no need to rush him back and end up with a Longoria situation where he suffers a setback every 3 weeks, which snowballs into the majority of the season.

  2. brucewaynewins - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    As important as Votto is and as important as this weekend series versus Pittsburgh is I’d rather Votto not risk an early comeback. If he does and it works out great but I don’t want the risk he comes back too soon and misses the rest of the season. I’d rather him miss an important series and be ready for the rest oft the season and playoffs.

    On a side note congradts to the Pirates for staying in it this long without collapsing. Reminds me of my Reds in 2010 when nobody thought they’d win it till it was clinched.

    • brucewaynewins - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      by win it I meant the division/playoff spot*

  3. whodeytn - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Frazier for NL ROY!

    • metalhead65 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      he absolutley deserves to at least be mentioned in the conversation. even craig has to have a stat where he does something better than harper,if not that just adds to my disgust of his whole saber metric worship.

      • contraryguy - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        Harper has about 80 more AB than Frazier, and a dozen more SB. Frazier has an equal number of 2B, more HR, RBI, and higher OPS and WAR stats. Fielding’s a wash. So lemme guess, Harper wins ROY on press clippings and steals, right? :/

  4. bgrdmacheen - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    This just shows you votto does things the right way, I recall a couple of years ago one Albert pujols with a broken arm and 3 hrs later he was taking swings in the cage getting ready for the next game. Just saying, that’s not right

  5. whodeytn - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    This just shows you votto does things the right way, I recall a couple of years ago one Albert pujols with a broken arm and 3 hrs later he was taking swings in the cage getting ready for the next game. Just saying, that’s not right

    =====
    Steroids.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      And you want to whine about “haters…hating.” If you did your homework you would find the Man has pretty much led the league in number of times being tested.

  6. bgrdmacheen - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    And we have a winner

  7. hoopmatch - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Considering they are 20-3 in their last 23 games and have best record in baseball, Reds would be stupid to rush Votto back.

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