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Joey Votto expected to come off the disabled list Monday

Aug 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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There had been some speculation that Joey Votto would rejoin the Reds when rosters expand Saturday, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer now says he expects the former MVP to come off the disabled list Monday instead.

That’s when the Reds return home to begin a three-game series against the Phillies and would give Votto a little extra time to make sure his surgically repaired knee feels good while rehabbing in the minors.

There’s no real reason for the Reds to rush Votto, even a little bit, because they have baseball’s best record at 80-52, lead the NL Central by 8.5 games, and have played extremely well without him in the lineup.

  1. natslady - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Actually, by pct. the Nats have the best record (.608 vs. Reds at .606). The question is, is the best record worth having? The way the playoffs are set up, maybe it’s better to have the second seed, so you know who you are playing and can plan accordingly? Do I have that right?

  2. whodeytn - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    I swear, if Dusty benches Frazier there will be riots

  3. bengalsucker - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Whodeytn – You better believe he’s going to bench Frazier. That’s how Dusty is. Very loyal to his vets through thick and thin. He’ll have an aging Rolen and a TERRIBLE OFFENSE in Drew Stubbs on the field but he will definitely sit his player going for ROY in a heartbeat. That’s Dusty Baker. Makes no sense at all.

  4. coachbeck - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Votto = championship

    • thefalcon123 - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Well,

      Votta has not equaled Champship..what, six times now?

      Signed,

      Trolling Cardinals Fan Lashing Out Because His Team Is 8.5 Games Back.

  5. callmecynical - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Bottom line the Reds have the best team in the MLB, bar none. They will win the NCLS and win the World Series. Top to bottom, pitchers through catchers the Reds are the best team I have seen put together since the 1999 Yankees. Especially impressive considering they are “small market” team. We are going to see some fireworks come October. Get your pennants ready.

    • delchef9 - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      Every squirrel gets a nut now and then……………enjoy your little run there, but dont expect a dynasty or anything. Cincy will be back in 3rd by next year….. just sayin’

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