1 time out of lineup = 3 days off
Reds first baseman Joey Votto was out of the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pirates. But there isn’t anything wrong with Votto. Manager Bryan Price noted that Votto played in the first 33 games and that Tuesday’s rainout provided some serendipity in giving Votto an even longer opportunity to recharge his batteries.
“I anticipated him taking the day off before the off day to get back-to-back days off and just some really good recovery time and rest,” Price said. “With the rainout, it gives us the chance to have him miss one game and get three days of rest. It couldn’t have worked out any better. He’s played in every game, he’s started every game and played almost every inning of every game. The timing is good.”
Jordan Pacheco started at first base on Wednesday.
Votto is off to a very slow start at .234/.360/.387 with five home runs. However, he has shown signs of heating up with two homers in his last four games. He’s also reached safely in 17 consecutive games.
“You can’t out-work this guy,” Price said. “He’s putting in an unbelievable amount of time with him and Don [Long] and Tony Jaramillo. We know the history of what Joey does so it will be inevitable where he comes back around and do what he does. I do see a lot better swings. He’s on base a lot more. He’s smoking some balls. I think he will be just fine.”