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Report: Joey Votto likely headed to the DL with a quad strain

Jul 6, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing that Reds first baseman Joey Votto is expected to return to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quad. It’s the same injury that forced Votto to the disabled list for 25 days between May 16 and June 10.

Votto has been slumping at the plate, posting a .587 OPS with no home runs dating back to June 20. The 30-year-old, who has led the league in on-base percentage in each of the last four seasons, is having the worst offensive season of his career, slashing .255/.390/.409 with six home runs and 23 RBI.

  1. jwbiii - Jul 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    This will no doubt delight the Brennemen, as Neftali Soto has never drawn an MLB walk.

    • mazblast - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      I assume you mean Marty, as anyone who pays any attention to anything his idiot son reads from a sheet of paper put in front of him is himself or herself an idiot.

      It’s clear that Votto is hurting. His infrequent swings have been painful to watch lately, and his defense has been abysmal. Pitchers have been throwing him more strikes, as they don’t think he can hurt them, so his passive approach isn’t working.

      • jm91rs - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Really this has been the approach on him since he came off the DL last year. No one is scared of him because he’s not the same Joey Votto. He’s not the same Joey Votto because he’s been hurt. He’s not so old that he shouldn’t be able to get healthy, so hopefully they can get him straightened out.

  2. bestintheworld92 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Trade him to my team the Padres in exchange for Alonso, Reymond Fuentes, Venable & Ian Kennedy

    • jm91rs - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I wonder if anyone would want that contract.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Maybe Arte Moreno…

  3. jm91rs - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Joey votto is a shell of his former self. I’m annoyed listening to him say he’s fine when everyone can see that he’s hurting. He should have been on the DL days ago and this time he should not come back until he’s healthy. It’s admirable to tough it out and not make excuses, but he’s the most important (and expensive) offensive player on the team and his health going forward is too important to sacrifice for one season.

    • flamethrower101 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Let’s face it: his power has gone down the crapper since his 2010 MVP season. The plate discipline is great, but the massive drop in power is alarming as well. It’s fair to wonder if maybe his knee is still bothering him as well; if I recall he had two procedures done on it in 2012. Or if it’s not physically bothering him, mentally it’s bugging him

  4. westcoastredbird - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    First he hurts his knee carrying that heavy wallet now his thigh.

  5. disgracedfury - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Still don’t understand why they gave him that contract but hey he can walk which is great and now with a strain he can’t even do that.

  6. bengalsucker - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    It’s an awfully big contract for a walk machine. Not a power hitter anymore. Way too selective at the plate sometimes. He almost looks as bad as Drew Stubbs in his Reds days sometimes at the plate. He strikes out and moseys on back to the dugout seemingly not fazed most of the time.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      yeah, his power has gone down…

      but perspective…

      Votto, just LAST season was 11th in the N.L. in slugging. only 10 men slugged better than Votto and it WAS a down year for him.

      now this yr is in the crapper all the way around.

      but even last yr, with a DOWN year for him, he still finished 11th in slugging.

      he was much better than folks gave him credit for power wise.

      2009 5th in N.L. in slugging
      2010 1st in N.L. in slugging
      2011 9th in N.L. in sluggin
      2012 would have been 3rd in N.L. just missed qualifying, only had 374 at bats
      2013 11th in N.L. in slugging

      so many talk about his walks, taking pitches etc… and that is true but for the last 5 yrs he was easily within the top 10 in slugging percentage.

      i’m not going to find for just those 5 seasons, but I bet he had around the 5th highest slugging percentage for that 5 yr period in the league as many others at the top in 2009 and 2010 are no longer there. I mean Derek Lee was 3rd in slugging in 2009 and he obviously isn’t in the top 5 from just 2009 thru 2013

      not bad for a guy who walks all the time huh?

      and right up and through LAST season…

      but, going forward, his power is very much in question. but for the last 5 full seasons, even last season, he slugged very well…

      tops in the N.L. in on base percentage last 5 yrs
      around 5th or so in N.L. in slugging percentage last 5 yrs

      power, on base percentage and average…

      injuries suck

    • jm91rs - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Even as a walk machine, he was also a doubles machine until his knee gave out. He keeps coming back into the middle of a season at less than 100%, which I’m sure does more damage to some other part of him (his quad most recently). If they sit him down until he’s 100% I’d like to see what he can do. I know that contract is going to look really bad in 5-7 years, but I’m not yet ready to say it’s a terrible deal for this current team.

      Keep in mind that the Reds have been in win-now mode for a few years (they’re going to lose Cueto and or Latos next year, they used Choo as a rental, etc.). Teams that are in win-now mode often sacrifice the future to do it, and the Reds made that decision. They have 2014-2015 to make that decision a good one.

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