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Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of

“We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team Canada’s manager, Greg Hamilton, told reporters on Saturday. That physical will presumably take place in a couple of weeks.

Votto hit .337/.474/.567 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 111 games last season for Cincinnati. He owns an exceptional .316/.415/.553 career MLB batting line.

If he’s cleared to play, the 29-year-old native of Toronto will join a roster that already includes Brett Lawrie, Justin Morneau, Russell Martin, Michael Saunders, John Axford and Jesse Crain. Ryan Dempster was extended an invitation but is probably going to stay in camp all spring with his new Red Sox teammates.

  1. Fink - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    As a Reds fan, I’m 50/50 about wanting him to play. After the Reds seemed to wholly mismanage his injury from the very first day, he was unable to generate any power once he came back. He’ll always have that killer eye to keep his avg and obp up, but his slg needs to return to where it was pre-injury. He wasn’t 100% at Redsfest, close but not all the way, a couple weeks ago. I’d love for him to be able to play and get some live AB’s, but obviously not at the cost of further injury. He doesn’t seem like the boneheaded type, but 250 mil is a large chunk of change.

    Also, is the WBC usually broadcast on regular channels? A la MLBnet or NBCsports, etc.? Rosters look fun to watch this year and I’d love to watch or dvr some games.

    • chill1184 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      I think I’ve read that it would be broadcasted on MLB Network

  2. thebadguyswon - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    WBC sucks. Just another chance for your favorite teams’ players to get hurt.

  3. steelers88 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    It is really not worth it for Votto to play in the WBC. He should heal up for spring training not the WBC. There will be other years from Votto to play in it.

  4. fearthehoody - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    ef Canada

  5. mazblast - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    The physical is a formality. Nothing to see here, move along.

    As for Votto’s power, don’t worry about it, Reds fans. He clearly came back too soon after his surgery and wasn’t able to generate any power with his legs. Since the debacle against the Giants in the playoffs (remember how a Reds series victory was a mere formality after the first two games?), he’s had all winter to continue his rehab and rebuild his strength.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    The Canadian team will be able to hit, but starting pitching will be an issue. Diamond is not available due to off season surgery. It would be nice if a couple of top pitching prospects such as James Paxton and Jameson Taillon were available.

    Russ Martin will be catching. minor league prospect Cale Iorg will be the short stop. Iorg was born in Toronto when his father played third base for the Jays.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      For those Canadian fans who are wondering about Stubby Clapp, he retired a few years ago but will be a coach for the WBC team. He was recently hired as a minor league coach by the Jays.

  7. Jordy Verrill - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    As a Reds fan, I’m praying to God that he doesn’t play. I don’t want any Reds playing in this glorified series of exhibition games.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Sorry Jordy! God is quite impartial.

      • paperlions - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        Yep, as I understand things, s/he tallies up the prayers before making a ruling, most prayers wins.

      • blacksables - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Anyone who has kids knows that God is a woman.

        Because giving pregnant women ‘extra’ hormones is a practical joke that no man in the world would ever come up with.

  8. jonrox - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I don’t think I know anyone who cares about the World Baseball Classic.

  9. jaybird22seven - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Ef You fearthehoody!!!

  10. jm91rs - Jan 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    When the Rosters are finalized will you be doing a rundown of each MLB team and their players that are participating in the WBC? I’m excited to watch the games and nervous as hell that one of the Reds pitchers will get hurt or wear himself out early in the season (cueto). At least we know Chapman probably isn’t welcome on team CUBA anymore.

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