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Joey Votto works out with the Reds, isn’t ready to return yet

Jun 5, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Joey Votto is three weeks into his recovery for a strained quadriceps muscle and was able to field ground balls at first base and take batting practice with the rest of the Reds today.

However, manager Bryan Price indicated to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that there’s no timetable yet for Votto’s return from the disabled list and there are still hurdles to get past before a minor-league rehab assignment can be considered:

He looked strong, but he hasn’t had a huge workload offensively. It’s not like he’s been able to take regular swings off live pitching for a while. … That’s why it seemed to make more sense to bring him to the ballpark and work out with the club for a few days and be able to do baseball activity before deciding the next move.

For his part Votto declined to speak to reporters about his status and, in general, everyone involved has been oddly vague about his recovery process for a while now. In the meantime Price and the Reds continue to give backup catcher Brayan Pena and his .658 career OPS regular starts at first base.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Dallas Latos has scheduled as presser to address the Votto injury and timetable for return.

  2. nolasoxfan2012 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Is this some form of rare life or career threatening quad “strain”? Does it seem weird that a guy would miss three weeks from it? You could strain your quad picking up toddlers. You’d probably still go to work the next day.

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