Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 days ago

Votto had his fourth homer of the year and got on-base three times in the Reds' loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

Votto provided almost all of the offense for the Reds, who scored just that one run. Votto has gotten on-base at least once in all 10 games for the Reds this season.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 week ago

Votto continued his torrid hitting with a pair of home runs and four RBI in the Reds 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday night.

The two-hole in the lineup seems to be a comfortable spot for the Reds' first sacker who is hitting .412 with three long ones and eight RBI in Cincinnati's first four games - all wins. Now healthy after a lost 2014 season, he has even chipped in a pair of stolen bases, and could be primed for a huge season.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 week ago

Votto hit a big two-run homer to center field to tie Thursday's game against the Pirates and A.J. Burnett.

The homer was Votto's first since last May. That went to center field is encouraging, too - when Votto is going well, he's hitting for power to center and left center.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Votto went 2-for-4 with two line drive singles on Opening Day, batting out of the second spot in the order.

We'd like to see Votto in that spot in the order for the majority of the season. Both of his hits helped set up runs, even though he didn't get the RBI associated with those runs.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 weeks ago

Reds manager Bryan Price suggested Friday that Votto will open the year as the Reds' No. 2 hitter, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

There had been plenty of speculation that Price would go this route to capitalize on Votto's on-base skills and maximize his at-bats, but Votto had not actually hit second in many spring games recently. Votto is set to bat second Friday for the first time since Mar. 27. Price also suggested Brandon Phillips will bat seventh, meaning Todd Frazier will likely be the No. 3 hitter. Votto has shown little power this spring, with one extra-base hit (a homer) in 47 plate appearances.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 month ago

The Reds haven't had to make any special arrangements to protect Votto's knee this spring, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

In addition to the quadriceps strain that ruined his 2014 season, Votto previously had issues with his knee. "We haven't had to address his knee," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Since he got back into game activity, we haven't had to talk to him at all about health, so that's been a blessing. He looks really spry and agile out in the field. He's running the bases aggressively. There don't seem to be any limitations at all in his style of play."

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 month ago

Votto (quadriceps) went 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a walk in Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels, his second game of the spring.

Votto drew a free pass in his first trip but was then caught looking on an Andrew Heaney slider in the third inning, after going 1-for-2 in his debut Saturday. The 31-year-old told the Cincinnati Enquirer after Saturday's game, "All of it was great. All of it was fine. I think we're just about done with these sort of questions." While the Reds figure to continue taking some precautions with Votto throughout spring training, he appears to be 100 percent.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 month ago

Votto (quadriceps) will be in the lineup for Saturday's spring training game against the Royals, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto ran the bases and practiced sliding Thursday and came out feeling fine. Hopefully he'll soon no longer require near-daily updates.

Joey Votto 1B CIN 1 month ago

Votto (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup for Thursday, but he's not that far away from playing, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Donald Lutz will get the start at first base Thursday. "You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," manager Bryan Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there."

Joey Votto 1B CIN 2 months ago

Votto (quadriceps) will not be in the lineup for Tuesday's Cactus League opener against the Indians, but he still is not expected to miss any significant time, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto has been somewhat limited in fielding drills, and while he'll likely miss the first few games of Cactus League action, he doesn't expect to be out for long. The first baseman said Monday that he's surprised by how good he feels, adding that he should be able to play games in "the not too distant future."