Votto to start rehab assignment
It was just two words of confirmation but it was all that was needed to know that 1B Joey Votto’s path to returning to the Reds was headed to the next step. On the field Wednesday for batting practice, Votto was asked if he was going on a Minor League rehab assignment tonight.
“Yes,” he confirmed.
“Florida,” was the reply.
The Reds Class A affiliate and spring complex is in Sarasota, Fla. Votto also lives there in the off-season. He has been on the disabled list because of undisclosed stress related issues since May 30.
On Tuesday, the Reds start a three-game series vs. the Blue Jays in Votto’s hometown of Toronto. However, he is not expected to be ready in time. It’s not because the super private Votto would draw extra attention from the local media.
“He’d want to go there,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “Realistically, Toronto is Tuesday. You always want to go home. If he left tomorrow, that’s not enough time. I’m probably thinking, realistically, [he’d return] after this road trip to make sure he’s super ready in all departments.”
Baker was aiming to have Votto come off the DL on June 30 when the Reds return home to play the Diamondbacks.
“If he calls and says he’s ready, for a young man he knows himself pretty good, and he’s honest,” Baker said.
To more than a few people, Votto appeared to have dropped some weight since he’s been out. He also was looking pretty good in the cage while he took early BP from hitting coach Brook Jacoby.
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