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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Joey Votto expected to start Spring Training on time

By on 12/06/2014 12:00:00 PM

The Cincinnati Reds struggled to a 76-86 record this past season in large part to an offense that was 28th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Looking ahead, the Reds may look to free agency or trades this winter to improve the offense in 2015, but a big factor could be the health of first baseman Joey Votto. The good news is that his rehab is going well and he is expected to start Spring Training on time.

I reported on November 17 that Votto, who is recovering from a quad injury that limited him to 62 games this past season, was doing great in his off season rehab.

An update on Votto, as reported by Mark Sheldon of, is that Votto has been spending his off season in Toronto rehabbing and manager Bryan Price feels Votto won't be behind schedule once Spring Training starts in February.
"There's times when you're doing rehab and there's soreness through the rehab, and I think what they're trying to do is not do anything that brings on the soreness. I think he's made some modifications to the training in the offseason so there's no chance to re-aggravate, but the strength is getting better. He'll be able to start to do some road work and running and sprints and cutting and things like that here fairly soon. I'm optimistic there will be zero limitations when he gets to Spring Training."
Votto didn't play in a game after July 5 and has been patient in his rehab, following the program the Reds' staff has put before him.
"I'm just following the instruction of the Reds' staff and working with someone up there that has a long history of working with professional athletes and professional organizations. I'd like to think it will yield really good results and it has thus far."
A healthy Votto, who still has nine years remaining on a 2012 contract extension, would be excellent news for the Reds heading into the 2015 season.

Votto, an eight-year Major League veteran, hit .255 with six home runs and 23 RBI this season. The four-time All Star, league MVP and Gold Glove Award winner has a career average of .310 with 163 home runs and 553 RBI.

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