TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
MLB

Reds activate Votto; still not ready for everyday action

{eot}
Associated Press
9/4/2012 6:52:27 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Reds activated Canadian first baseman Joey Votto off the disabled list on Tuesday, but will go easy with the first baseman until his left knee is back to normal.

Votto, from Toronto, hadn't played since July 15 because of damaged cartilage in the knee that required two operations. He had a rehab stint in Class A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville last week.

Votto wasn't in the lineup for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. The 2010 NL MVP said the knee is getting better, but he's not ready to play every day.

"I think working me in slowly is the wise move," Votto said. "It's not 100 per cent yet, but that will come in time."

Manager Dusty Baker said Votto could start a day game Wednesday that concludes the series against Philadelphia. There was no hurry to get Votto back in the lineup -- the Reds led the NL Central by 8 1/2 games on Tuesday, the biggest lead in the majors.

Cincinnati went 32-16 after Votto went on the disabled list.

"The plan's going to change every day, depending on how he feels," manager Dusty Baker said. "As of right now, he'll probably start tomorrow. Then we've got to watch him if there's a long inning or whatever, if he gets sore or makes a wrong move. We're going to try to preserve him and work him back in there."

Votto went 2 for 11 during his rehab stint last week. He'd hoped to get on base more so he could see how the knee held up when he ran the bases.

Votto was batting .342 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs when he went on the disabled list. The idea is to get him as close to 100 per cent as he can be heading into October.

"I don't think I'll see 100 per cent until sometime in the off-season," Votto said. "I'm talking about being able to play baseball, putting myself in uncomfortable positions. I would like to think I'll be able to get through all the games and recover as we move through September and all the way to the end of October."

Votto was looking forward to seeing how fans reacted the first time he came to bat at Great American Ball Park.

"I'm really excited to see the fans reaction," Votto said. "That's what I'm most curious about. I miss them. I love the support. I love playing in front of the fans in this ballpark."

In other moves, the Reds recalled right-handers Todd Redmond and Pedro Villarreal from Triple-A Louisville, called up left-hander Tony Cingrani from Double-A Pensacola, and outrighted infielder Chris Valaika and right-hander Jordan Smith to Louisville.

Joey Votto (Photo: The Canadian Press)

zoom

(Photo: The Canadian Press)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story



The Boys of Summer

MLB Preview 2014

It's time for another season of Major League Baseball. Get primed for 2014 with previews for all 30 teams including Scott MacArthur's look at what to expect from the Toronto Blue Jays.


American League: East | Central | West
National League: East | Central | West
Toronto Blue Jays

Free Agency: American League | National League

Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: April 18 - Scott MacArthur

TSN 1050 Blue Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur discussed the embarrassing loss that the Blue Jays experienced against the Twins.

TSN 690 - Melnick in the Afternoon - Orlando Cabrera - April 10th

Mitch, Rod and Gallo welcome former Montreal Expo shortstop and 2004 World Series Champion Orlando Cabrera to the show.

TSN: Blue Jays Report with Scott MacArthur: April 9 - Opening Edition

In the Opening Edition of the Podcast, Scott MacArthur, Richard Griffin (Toronto Star) and Gregor Chisholm (MLB.com) discuss Toronto Blue Jays.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television