The Reds are in need of major help, and Joey Votto could be well on way to rescue the team.
According to manager Bryan Price, the former MVP will travel to Pawtucket to join the Reds Triple-A squad, the Louisville Bats. He’ll begin his rehab assignment on Sunday, and Price didn’t put a specific length on the rehab assignment for Votto.
Votto hasn’t played since the Reds’ doubleheader against the San Diego Padres on May 15. Over the course of his last month, Votto was only batting .218, although his .393 OBP made up for it. The team originally left Votto on the roster, before eventually placing him on the disabled list on May 21 with a strained quadriceps.
In Votto’s absence, catcher Bryan Pena and third baseman Todd Frazier have handled the majority of time at first base.
The Reds’ Mat Latos is also scheduled for his last rehab start this week, one that he wasn’t very happy about. The team’s injury woes have significantly slowed the team, and kept them well away from playoff position, and under the .500 mark.
The team has had five all-stars go to the DL this season, in addition to hot-hitting catcher, and young southpaw Tony Cingrani also spending time on the disabled list.