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Joey Votto is still feeling discomfort in his quad

Aug 29, 2014, 6:25 PM EST

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto took ground balls on Wednesday and swung a bat on Thursday, but he hasn’t responded as well as the club expected, reports C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Votto is not with the Reds as they open up a series in Pittsburgh.

Votto has been out since July 8 with a left distal quad strain. There’s increasing belief that Votto could not return this season, as only 28 games remain going into their series opener tonight.

Manager Bryan Price on Votto:

“He took a few ground balls (Wednesday). It wasn’t as good a result as we had hoped. There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are. We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement. He took some light swings yesterday and he’ll be able to gradually increase baseball workload based on how he feels.”

Due in part to the injury, Votto was posting some of the worst numbers of his career, slashing .255/.390/.409 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances prior to landing on the disabled list.

  1. doctorbluff - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    “Joey Votto is done.”

    Fixed the headline for you.

  2. jm91rs - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Please reds, shut him down for the year! His performance was not up to snuff this year and we all know he was playing hurt. Get him healthy for a year that isn’t wasted.

  3. yahmule - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    The trajectory of this guy’s career is not at all what I expected.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      yeah, better than one could expect isn’t it?

      I mean, for the last 5 yrs (not this season of course), he led the league in on base percentage and was in the top 5 in the N.L. for slugging percentage.

      It’s a rare combination for one to be so high in slugging, top 5 and still be so good at getting on base.

      2009 5th in slugging (yet others right around him were nowhere to be found in the coming yrs as Derek Lee was 3rd in slugging in 09, Raul Ibanez was 8th in slugging and those two weren’t in the top 5 from 2009 to 2013)

      2010 1st in slugging (Pujols was 3rd in slugging, Adam Dunn was 5th in slugging)

      2011 9th in slugging (others above him who aren’t there anymore were Lance Berkman was 5th in slugging that season, Morse was 4th, Prince Fielder was 3rd and he’s been in the A.L. for a while now)

      2012 would have been 3rd in slugging, just missed having enough at bats to qualify, he had 475 plate appearances in 111 games

      2013 11th in slugging

      So, Votto has been the best at getting on base and in the top 5 in the N.L. over the past 5 seasons.

      It’s difficult to predict or expect ANY one player to accomplish BOTH of those things together for a 5 yr stretch. It just doesn’t happen all that often.

      yeah, he only averaged 86 RBI’s a season in those 5 yrs, but he did only play 111 games in 2012. Had he played another 40 games or so he would have averaged 90 RBI’s a year for that 5 yr stretch to go along with his top 5 in slugging and league best on base percentage

  4. icee82 - Aug 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Reds, do the right thing and shut him down. Let’s get him healthy for 2015!

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