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Reds hope to get Joey Votto back for the “stretch run”

Jul 12, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT

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After missing a month earlier this season with a distal left quadriceps strain, Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to the disabled list earlier this week with a recurrence of the very same injury. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds team medical director Tim Kremchek said this afternoon that while Votto’s return isn’t exactly imminent, the hope is that platelet-rich plasma injections will allow him to come back healthier than before and contribute during the second half.

When asked for context for what Kremchek meant by “stretch run,” Fay writes that the Reds are hoping to have Votto back for the final five or six weeks of the regular season. In other words, he’s likely to miss at least another month.

Brandon Phillips had thumb surgery yesterday and is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks, so the Reds should be in the market for infield depth before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Ramon Santiago is the top internal option to fill in at second base now that Skip Schumaker is on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Meanwhile, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Brayan Pena, and the newly-recalled Neftali Soto figure to split playing time at first base.

  1. aphillieated - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Ryan Howard and Ben Revere for Chapman and Hamilton.

    • paperlions - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      If Philly picked up all of Howard’s contact, Cinci still wouldn’t make that deal. Votto didn’t die. He’s just got a quad injury that’ll keep him out another month.

      Cinci isn’t going to trade an exciting young CFer for a a player that is inferior in every way and an old expensive replacement level 1B….and they certainly wouldn’t throw in an elite closer to the deal.

    • mazblast - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      The dumb things some fans consider to be potential trades never cease to amaze me. Chapman’s not going anywhere, Hamilton’s not going anywhere, Revere’s skill set doesn’t play anywhere except CF (where Hamilton is), and Howard’s contract is absurd for how he’s playing now.

      Other than that, very reasonable.

    • tuberippin - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:34 AM

      You’re making us look bad.

      – A Phils Fan

  2. mazblast - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Fay is little more than a mouthpiece for the front office, but if he’s quoting Kremchek, I tend to believe him.

    Heck, the last course of treatment for Votto didn’t work, so why not try something different? The key for the team and Votto is patience.

  3. jm91rs - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    I read that doctors actually don’t know why the plasma injections help, but they do seem to be effective on certain tendon injuries so they keep doing them. Gotta try something so this guy can get back on the field.

    • mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it’s supposed to do.
      — Robert A. Heinlein

      We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.— Douglas Adams

  4. sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Just a tough year all the way around for him.

    Hope he gets healthy.

    The game is better for all of us when the stars are healthy and playing…

    I want to see the Trout’s, Miggy’s, that Manny M. kid on the O’s at 3rd, the Braves shortstop all play…

    they do things others can’t and they (and so many others like them) make the game so fun to watch and enjoy.

    Votto is a great player and I want him out there and healthy.

    Even in a down yr for him last yr power wise, he was still 11th in the N.L. in slugging percentage.

    he’s led the league and been like 5th, 8th, 4th etc… the last 5 seasons (through last yr) in slugging.

    He pretty much leads the N.L. in on base percentage to go along with about the 5th or 6th best slugging percentage in the N.L. over the past 5 yrs too.

    A great player and we can’t see him on the bench…

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