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.


  Jay Bruce has to go.  American League DH for a GOOD RIGHT FIELDER.  He will break Dunn’s K Record.   

No, Bruce can hit .260 with 30 HRs and plays plus defense. He’s a good contributor to the team. Sure he strikes out, but hell, Mike Trout is in the top 5 in the AL in strikeouts. I’m sure you wouldn’t complain if Trout was on this team striking out a ton

Votto needs to be DLed until after the AS break. Send a P back (carrying 13 currently) and bring up Soto and Barnhart so you can play Pena @ 1B.

Solution: Bring Donald Lutz up to start at 1st

Jay Bruce…
2008…21 HR, 52 RBI, 63 R
2009…22 HR, 58 RBI, 47 R
2010…25 HR, 70 RBI, 80 R
2011…32 HR, 97 RBI, 84 R
2012…34 HR, 99 RBI, 89 R
2013…30 HR, 109 RBI, 89 R
2014….7 HR, 31 RBI, 41 R
.992 FPCT, 1 E
Exceptional arm few run on; only 27 years old (April).
He is just now entering his power years (age 27-33)
so I wouldn’t even entertain the idea of seeing Bruce
on another team. I suspect we haven’t yet seen the best
from Bruce, even with his slow start this year.

Thank you, this was my point

Yeah – like!

So far just a busted year. Votto needs to be DLed and just grab the best hitter in the minors and bring them up. I am sure we can move people around to play 1B.

The Reds have placed on the paternity list C Brayan Pena following the birth of daughter Isabella and recalled from Class AAA Louisville C Tucker Barnhart.
This is Barnhart’s third stint with the Reds this season. Overall he made 10 appearances and 7 starts from OpeningDay-4/6 and then from 4/26-5/17, both times filling in for disabled C Devin Mesoraco. Barnhart last played for Reds in a start on 5/17 at Philadelphia. He made 47 appearance for the Bats (.227, 8 2B, 3 3b, 1 HR, 18 RBI).

Why don’t you just tell the truth, Votto’s defense is a problem and as of now he is no threat in the line up.

Just a thought…I’d have liked to see Santiago trot out to right field in one of the later innings yesterday, and toss an autographed ball up to the fan that interfered. Not that I’d want to encourage fan interference, but I just think it’d be a magnanimous gesture. The guy looked like he felt pretty rotten. Santiago’s stock with the fans would go through the roof.

Joey Votto should be on the DL. This is how the Reds do things. He’ll limp along for a period of time , be out of the lineup for 8-10 games in a row,( while the Reds play with a 24 man roster) and then be put on the DL retroactive . ( Remember Jay Bruce earlier in the year), Votto is embarrassing himself playing the way he is. He’s about as non productive as he can be. On top of that , Price continues to put him in the 3 hole. What a joke ! The Reds are great example on how NOT to run an organization.

Agree with your comment. It’s horrible for Votto to continue to go out there and play when it is so obvious he is in pain. Get him on DL and not for 15 days. Quad sprain can take a good 8 weeks to heal completely. Area compromised after knee surgeries and He just keeps aggravating that area. Dr. K, where is your input on this??? Maybe Joey should have made trip to the Cleveland Clinic. Dealt with Dr. K. several yrs ago with my daughter having broken ankle–he did crap and she ended up having fusion done by another doctor.

Neb, Jay Bruce is not going to get any better until he learns to hit to left field. Also , the season is more than half way over. What on earth constitutes a START. I thinK he’s well PAST A start ! I’d TRADE HIM IN A HEART BEAT.

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