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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."
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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."
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Votto (quadriceps) was a full participant in team drills Tuesday, the first one with the entire team. "I felt really good, it's nice to be back," Votto said. "It's nice to be able to do what I want to do in terms of baseball, be able to swing, to be able to run. I think it'll take a little bit of time to take it off the back of my mind and just be able to play -- to be able to play without too much concern."
Votto and the Reds mostly did conditioning drills and batting practice, along with some drills fielding bunts. We'll likely have frequent updates this spring until Votto playing becomes more commonplace.
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Votto (quadriceps) arrived to Reds camp Saturday, ahead of Monday's full-squad report date, and said he feels "good," MLB.com reports. "I haven't gone through the evaluation process with the strength staff and the [physical therapy] staff and the doctor and obviously, the baseball people," Votto said when asked if he is 100 percent without limitation. "If i get a couple of days under my belt and get the evals done, I think we'll have a better idea of where we're at."The 31-year-old said that he is swinging, throwing, taking groundballs and running without issue, noting that he feels like "it's a big contrast from the end of the season and during the season last year." He will leave it up to the medical staff to determine just how much he can do at the start of spring training, but the offseason reports regarding Votto's progress from the distal quadriceps strain were glowing and there's little reason at this point to think he won't be ready to start the season.
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Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that the latest report from strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn regarding Votto's health was "very, very good," MLB.com reports. "The strength was outstanding, the stamina was good and the agility," Price said. "Right now, we're looking to hit the ground running when [Votto] gets to Goodyear and being able to see with our own eyes where he's at. I'm confident that he's going to be ready to go."
Votto has spent the offseason in his hometown of Toronto, with Marohn reporting frequently on his recovery from a distal quadriceps strain. The injury limited the former NL MVP to just 62 games last season, but the Reds seemed to be taking an especially cautious approach holding him out at the very end of the year, and it sounds like he's on track to enter spring training without restriction. If Votto can flash the type of power he had before the injury and avoid a setback during Cactus League play, he will likely start to creep back up many draft boards.
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Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Friday that Votto is "doing great" with his offseason rehab work, MLB.com reports.
Strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn has been keeping tabs on Votto's progress as he continue his rehab in his hometown of Toronto, and the reports have been positive. A distal strain of the quadriceps near Votto's left knee limited the 31-year-old to just 62 games in 2014, and while he progressed to taking batting practice, fielding grounders and running the bases near the end of the year, the Reds decided to hold him out with an eye toward 2015. He has nine years and $206 million remaining on his contract.
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Votto (quadriceps) is "physically in a lot better place," according to manager Bryan Price, but his status for the Reds' final three games remains uncertain.
The former NL MVP is hitting and running the bases without issue, but Price suggested Votto is still not quite at 100 percent. Considering there's only a few games remaining and the Reds have Votto under contract for a whopping nine more years, it's certainly understandable that they would be reluctant to return him to action. At this point, it would be rather surprising if Votto played this weekend.