Updates on JV, EV and EE

It appears that 1B Joey Votto is closer to returning. How close? Not sure. Votto is here at Great American Ball Park today and was taking batting practice and throwing on the field.

“He’s been hitting. He’s looking pretty good, a lot better,” manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s good to see him around.”

Votto, who has been on the 15-day day DL since May 30 with stress issues, still isn’t speaking to the media about his situation.

Before he returns to the Reds, Votto will go on a Minor League rehab assignment.

“Sometime, relatively soon,” Baker said.

RHP Edinson Volquez has increased his distances for long tossing to 95 feet. On Wednesday, he will throw 110 feet and before he gets on a mound again, will eventually get to 125 feet.

“No pain,” Volquez said. “I was worried about it. Not anymore.”

Volquez, who is on the DL with elbow tendinits, has been doing his rehab daily at Dr. Tim Kremchek’s facility and at GABP. It doesn’t sound like his return is imminent.

“We have to rebuild him back up,” Baker said. “That’s not an around the corner thing. It’s around a couple of corners.”

3B Edwin Encarnacion took 25 swings in early BP with coaches and reported no pain. After his last setback (left wrist), the club wants to make sure he has no lingering soreness before sending him out on a rehab assignment. 

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I will be great to see the V’s back in the lineup. I hope that they just take their time and don’t rush anyone. I do hope that Joey eventually opens up and tells all… not that I need or even want to know but because if he doesn’t he is going to be hounded by the press until he does.
As far as Encarnacion is concerned I hope that the gets well has a couple of good games and then the Reds dump him off to a team that needs a third basemen. The last thing that the Reds need is another every day player who can’t hit over .240. We have enough bats in our daily lineup doing that.
Speaking of which, is Dusty looking at our hitting coach as a potential problem? Does anyone know if the Reds are looking at “extra” instruction for hitting? We need major offensive help.

Good luck to Votto!


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