Votto has setback
The news lately about Joey Votto had been mostly about progress but it appears to have slowed. Votto began taking ground balls on Wednesday but it appeared to not go well.
“It wasn’t as good a result as we had hoped,” Reds manager Bryan Price said on Friday at PNC Park. “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.”
As he has since going back on the DL July 8 with a distal strain of his left quadriceps, Votto did not travel with the club and remained in Cincinnati to continue his workouts.
Votto is eligible to return from the 60-day DL on Sept. 4 when the Reds will have 23 games left. While the club has maintained it expected him to play again this season, I asked Price if they would shut Votto down if they were no longer in contention.
“Well, I think that’s a great question. It’s a legitimate question,” Price replied. “The one thing we have to do is get him to the point where he can play. It’s a moot point until we get there. We don’t for sure when that time is going to be. That’s one thing about this particular injury – there’s no deadline as when he’s supposed to be physically capable of playing without re-injury, which takes us back to square one with the rehab. I think if he gets back to where he can play, he plays. That certainly could change with where we are in the standings and sitting down with the Dr. Kremchek and making a decision about what’s in the best interest of Joey moving forward.”