Just a day after it was reported that the Cincinnati Reds didn’t have a timetable on Joey Votto’s return, manager Bryan Price changed his tune.
According to Jon Fay, Price spoke on the Cincinnati Reds star first baseman saying “he sounds great, he’s feeling much better.” Votto was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps last week, after sitting out several games.
It also appears as if Votto will go on a short rehab stint with the Dayton Dragons or Louisville Bats, a couple of nearby Reds minor league affiliates.
Votto’s production experienced a steep decline about a month into the season, leaving many to question the state of his health. At 30, Votto is already one of the more decorated Reds players of all time, having won an MVP, Rawlings Gold Glove, Silver Slugger award, Hank Aaron Award, as well as being named to four all-star games. Votto has also led the National League in on base percentage for four consecutive seasons.
Votto’s injured teammate Mat Latos also seems to be progressing well, and is scheduled for his fourth rehab start this Wednesday with the Louisville Bats. The Reds will assess his status following the game, and make a decision on if he’s ready to make his season debut.