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Joey Votto has resumed light baseball activities

Aug 26, 2014, 8:56 PM EDT

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Joey Votto is finally beginning to make some progress in his recovery from a severe quad strain.

According to’s Mark Sheldon, the Reds first baseman began taking dry swings and throwing lightly on Tuesday afternoon — his first baseball-related activities since receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment on his injured left leg back in late July.

Votto has already been sidelined for two full months and isn’t going to be able to make it back before mid-September, so it’s possible that the Reds — who are now 10 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central standings — might shut him down at some point. Votto is owed $206 million through 2023 with a $20 million club option (or $7 million buyout) for 2024. He was sporting a career-worst .799 OPS in 62 games this season before landing on the DL.

  1. jinx21fan - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    “Light baseball activities” couldn’t that be used to describe his season before the injury as well?

  2. sportsfan18 - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Shut him down…

    The Reds only have the 9th best record in the N.L. now and that matters just as much as how many games back they are.

    There are too many other teams for them to pass. Not all of them will play poorly enough for the Reds to overtake them (if any actually).

    So shut him down… With that many years and that much money still owed to him, don’t risk him re-injuring himself.

  3. jm91rs - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Considering his quad strain (or whatever the injury actually is, it’s been pretty cryptic) was likely caused by overcompensation from his previous knee injury, I think it’s very important to shut him down and let him get to 100%. No way the Reds are going to get their money’s worth out of this guy, but if he can go back to where he was before the injury he might still be one of the best in the game for a few years.

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