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Friday, August 22, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Homer Bailey, Joey Votto

By on 8/22/2014 03:00:00 PM

Cincinnati Reds All Star first baseman Joey Votto has yet to start what the team calls "baseball activities," but he is jogging and the recent strength test results are encouraging, manager Bryan Price said, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of From the same reporter comes news that RHP Homer Bailey, on the DL since August 8 with a bulging disc, has not yet begun throwing.

Both players are significant losses to the NL Central team, which has lost six straight, 9 of 10, and fallen to seven games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. Bailey is 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA and threw 200+ innings in 2012 and 2014. He missed a couple of starts early in the season with right knee tendinitis, but has put in 145 innings (23 starts) to date.

Votto has been on the DL since July 6 with a strained quad and was previously on the DL from May 16 to June 10, missing 23 games. He is now on the 60-day DL, eligible to return September 4. In an interview yesterday, he sounded defensive about his lost time and his "toughness" saying,
Let's make it clear here -- I think there's been a real gray area and I feel like I've been the one in the crosshairs -- I've been injured," Votto said. "I feel like this is something I've had hanging over me in the general population, the fans, I think it's a toughness, or playing through pain sort of thing, or playing hurt sort of thing. I've been injured. I played injured. I went on the DL because I'm injured. I'm trying to be un-injured now.
"So the second I'm capable of playing and I'm no longer injured, I'll be back on the field. In the meantime, you can assume I'm injured. I shouldn't get some sort of different treatment, as if this is -- I've noticed little comments here and there and just a general perception that this is something I elected to do. I didn't elect to be injured. I am injured. People get injured. I am injured. What can I do? At some point I'll be back playing like I was playing before."
In 62 games this season, Votto has posted a line of .255/.390/.409 (OPS+ 127) with six homers and 23 RBI. He never lost his batting eye, walking 27 times in 272 ABs.

The Reds first-round draft pick in 2004, Bailey made his debut June 8, 2007 at age 21 and has two no-hitters to his name (9/28/2012 and 7/2/2013). Over his career (eight seasons, all with the Reds) he is 58-50 and has a 4.17 ERA. In February 2014, the Reds signed him to a six year, $105 milllion contract that takes him though 2019 (2020 mutual option).

Joey Votto's list of honors is long, including four All-Star nominations (2010-13),  NL MVP (2010) and Gold Glove (2011). Famous for his study of the art of hitting, Votto led the NL in OPB (2010-13) and walks (2011-13).

Now in his age-30 season, Votto was drafted by the Reds in 2002 (2nd round), and made his debut September 4, 2007. In 2008 he was runner-up for Rookie of the Year, losing to Geovany Soto of the Chicago Cubs. At the start of the 2012 season, Votto signed a 10-year $225 milllion extension with the Reds that takes him though 2023 with a team option for 2024.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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