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Reds undecided on DL stint for Joey Votto

May 19, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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We learned last Friday that Joey Votto was dealing with a distal quadriceps strain in his left knee. Four days later, the Reds have yet to make a decision regarding a possible stint on the disabled list.

Reds manager Bryan Price told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer this afternoon that the team is content with playing short-handed for now:

“We haven’t made a decision. We’ve still got some really good, positive stuff coming out from his rehab and he’s gotten a lot of the soreness out of his knee,” Reds manager Bryan Price said before Monday’s game. “He’s working diligently on his strengthening. We’re not yet ready, or do we feel it necessary to make a decision right now. It’s really a day-to-day, pending situation.”

If Votto is placed on the disabled list, he would not be eligible to return until May 31. With Votto and Jay Bruce both sidelined, the Reds are going with the red-hot Devin Mesoraco as their cleanup hitter.

  1. paco53 - May 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    The Reds went 15 innings today and their bench was stretched thin. I think the DL is best option because Votto has looked hurt all season. Fifteen days off might do him some good.

    • metalhead65 - May 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      it might but it won’t do the reds any good. better to keep him around so they can send him out to play the first day he feels better. I mean what could possibly go wrong with that plan? there is more going on they are saying and are only delaying the inevitable, just like the injury with Latos was only going to keep him out for a little while or the marshall injury was nothing serious. how are those working out for the reds?

      • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        You keep him around and you are only delaying the inevitable. Whereas, you DL him now and he only missed the rest of the Month. DL’ing now allows you to get him back and still have the majority of the season left. As you stated yourself, there is more going on than they are letting on. Which means keeping him off the DL (or waiting to put him on the DL) is only going to magnify things.

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