Another day off for Votto
For the third time since June 27, Joey Votto was out of the Reds lineup vs. the Brewers on Sunday. It was a decision made by manager Bryan Price as Votto as continued to favor his left quadriceps strain near his knee.
“For Joey, it’s just a day off,” Price said. “We’re trying to be contentious of the fact that he is playing at well below 100 percent right now and trying to keep him as healthy as we can under the circumstances, which is challenging. He’s got some challenges, physically. I just thought it was a good idea to give him a day off today.”
Votto is hitting .250 with zero homers and 11 RBIs in 23 games since coming off the DL on June 10. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday’s 1-0 loss. Todd Frazier started at first base on Sunday while Ramon Santiago played third base.
“We knew the process when we initially put Joey on the disabled list that when we got him back, we weren’t going to be able to get him to 100 percent over the course of the regular season,” Price said. “We decided to do some strengthening exercises and really work on getting the inflammation and a lot of the soreness out of there. We accomplished that to a certain degree. We knew we couldn’t get to 100 percent. Some days are better than others. This was my decision today not to play though I stay in contact with Joey on how he’s feeling. He didn’t ask to come out. I just thought it was a good day to give him a breather and reassess and get ready for tomorrow.”
There was some hullabaloo about Votto’s locker being cleaned out on Twitter this morning, too. It was really nothing. Since there was no morning batting practice, players were allowed to arrive later than normal. Votto came in after the media arrived today. He keeps two lockers — one for baseball stuff and one for his street clothes.