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19 Joey Votto 1B

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May 5, 2021 04:24 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Fractures thumb, likely out for May
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Manager David Bell said after Wednesday's 1-0 win over the White Sox that Votto fractured his left thumb during the game, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He's expected to be sidelined for around a month with the injury.

Bell noted that Votto won't need surgery on his thumb, but the injury is still a major blow for the Reds. The veteran first baseman enjoyed a resurgent start to the campaign with a .779 OPS through his first 15 contests, but he had fallen into a slump over his subsequent 13 games (.666 OPS, 30.8 percent strikeout rate) before fracturing the thumb when he was hit by a pitch in a fourth-inning plate appearance Wednesday. Given his downward-trending production in addition to the fact that he'll now be sidelined for multiple weeks, Votto looks like a reasonable drop in shallower mixed leagues.

May 5, 2021 02:12 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Exits Wednesday's game
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Votto exited Wednesday's game against the White Sox due to a left thumb injury, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning, and he appeared to be favoring his thumb afterward until he was replaced by Kyle Farmer at first base to begin the sixth inning. The Reds have a scheduled day off Thursday, but it's not yet clear whether Votto will be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener in Cleveland.

May 1, 2021 10:44 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Big power display Friday
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Votto went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in Friday's 8-6 win over the Cubs.

His two-run blast off Jake Arrieta in the third inning was the 300th of his career and gave the Reds their first lead of the game, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Votto had gone just 2-for-18 over the prior six games, but Friday's performance could signal the beginning of another hot streak for the 37-year-old. Votto wraps up April with a .242 batting average, five homers and 16 RBI through 25 games.

April 26, 2021 03:32 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Sits for first time
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Votto will be on the bench Monday against the Dodgers.

Votto will rest his 37-year-old legs after starting each of the team's first 21 games. Alex Blandino will take over for him at first base.

April 24, 2021 01:48 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Hits solo homer
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Votto went 2-for-6 with a home run and an additional run scored in Thursday's 14-11 extra-inning loss to Arizona.

The veteran first baseman struggled out of the gate but has now recorded multiple hits in four of his last six games, raising his batting average to .247. Now 37, Votto appears to have found a power resurgence late in his career, hitting 11 homers last year and four already in 2021 after totaling only 12 and 15 in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Votto's days as an elite hitter may be behind him, but his offensive production remains high enough to merit fantasy consideration.

April 17, 2021 07:28 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Third homer in four games
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Votto went 2-for-4 with a double and his third home run in four days during Friday's romp over Cleveland.

Before this week, Votto was hitting the ball hard without seeing the results. Votto didn't have any extra-base hits prior to this week, but now he has three homers and a double in the last four games.

April 13, 2021 12:00 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Launches first home run
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Votto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's 3-0 win over the Giants.

Votto was hitless in his first two at-bats but connected on a heater just two pitches into the sixth and sent it into McCovey Cove to extend the Reds' lead to 3-0. The 37-year-old has lost touch with the long ball in recent years despite his home field being one of the more homer-friendly ballparks in the league. Fantasy managers should temper expectations for Votto in his 15th season. He's still the team's everyday first baseman, but he hasn't produced elite numbers at the plate since racking up 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 2017.

April 6, 2021 11:12 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Hard-hit ball
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto's RBI-single Sunday against the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez was measured with a 113.6 mph exit velocity, just his second ball over 110 mph according to Statcast since 2015, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Votto hasn't benefited from the livelier ball the last few years, in no small part because he frequently hasn't been at full strength, but he appears healthier now. With him batting in the third spot in the order, the Reds need a far better season from him Votto than they've received the last few seasons.

April 2, 2021 06:08 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Uncharacteristic day
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Votto went 1-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday's Opening Day loss to the Cardinals; in the process, he hit two infield pop-outs in one game for the first time since his rookie season in 2008, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Votto only returned to Cactus League game action Friday of last week after being on the COVID list, so it's not surprising that he's a little off his game. Not only did he have the highly unusual pop-ups, but he also had trouble scooping two balls in the dirt. This isn't necessarily a harbinger of things to come for Votto, but at 37 years old, he's certainly well past his peak hitting seasons.

March 26, 2021 12:48 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Returns to lineup
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Votto (COVID-19) will bat third and play first base Friday against Arizona, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March but has been back with the team for workouts for the past several days. He'd only gotten into four spring games prior to coming down with the illness, so it remains to be seen whether or not he can get up to full speed by Opening Day.

March 25, 2021 06:52 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: No game action yet
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Votto (COVID-19) hasn't yet played in a spring training game since rejoining the team on Sunday. His status for Opening Day remains up in the air, Mark Sheldon of reports.

The Reds haven't yet said when Votto will return to game action. "Let's get his legs underneath him and go from there," general manager Nick Krall said. "I can't give you a timetable. It affects different people in different ways."

March 22, 2021 08:36 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Returns to camp
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Votto (COVID-19) has returned to the Reds training camp in Arizona, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Votto has less than two weeks to ramp back up and be ready for Opening Day. According to Mark Sheldon of, the 37-year-old officially remains on the COVID-19 injured list, but he can still appear in spring games before being activated. The Reds have used a wide variety of players at first base in Votto's absence, including Kyle Farmer, Cheslor Cuthbert and Alex Blandino.

March 11, 2021 02:20 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Tests positive for COVID-19
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The Reds announced Wednesday that Votto tested positive for COVID-19, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Votto was initially placed on the injured list Wednesday without an explanation, but he ultimately gave the team permission to reveal the nature of his absence. It's not yet certain whether he's experiencing any symptoms, but he'll be away from the team for at least 10 days while he waits to clear MLB's COVID-19 protocol, according to Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer. With just over three weeks remaining until Opening Day, it's fair to wonder whether the 37-year-old will be able to build up in time for the start of the year.

March 10, 2021 12:24 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto was placed on the 10-day injured list for an undisclosed reason Wednesday.

The Reds didn't provide a reason for Votto's placement on the injured list, and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to action. The 37-year-old had appeared in four games to begin spring training and went 4-for-9 with a double, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts.

March 10, 2021 12:24 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Placed on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto was placed on the injured list by the Reds on Wednesday without an injury designation, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto was similarly placed on the injured list last season for one day when he reported illness symptoms and got checked out to make sure he didn't test positive for COVID-19. There's been no word yet if this is a similar instance.

March 9, 2021 11:08 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Different spring approach
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto is 4-for-9 with a walk to begin the season and has taken a different approach to spring training at-bats this season to help counter recent slow starts in previous seasons, Mark Sheldon of reports. "Yeah, he looks different," manager David Bell said on Monday. "I know that he's intentionally made some changes, and I think it's showing up."

Votto in previous years would sometimes not swing at all in his first couple of spring training at-bats, but that hasn't been the case this spring. Votto is still going after pick 300 and after the 30th first baseman in most drafts. He's not a bad option to fill your last corner or utility spot as a potential source of profit.

September 24, 2020 01:16 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Smacks opposite-field homer
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Votto went 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Votto let down teammate Trevor Bauer on a play at first base earlier this season, but he made up for it with his first-inning homer Wednesday, giving Bauer an early cushion. While the veteran has been good at home, Votto has been a completely different player on the road this season, slashing just .111/.209/.185 with one homer in 22 games away from Great American Ball Park.

September 19, 2020 06:36 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Three hits, homer in win
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Votto went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and one run scored in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox.

The six-time All-Star hit the third of four Reds homers off opposing starter Jonathan Stiever. He now has four long balls in his last eight games, giving him 10 for the season. Votto, who has been batting third of late for Cincinnati, now has an even .800 OPS after finishing with a career-low .768 mark in 2019.

September 14, 2020 12:48 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Drops in batting order
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto will start at first base and bat third in the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Pirates.

After serving as the Reds' leadoff man in 21 straight starts, Votto will now bat out of the three hole for the fourth straight contest. Shogo Akiyama will again get another look atop the order, but the drop to third in the order shouldn't hurt Votto too much from a run-scoring standpoint. As the leadoff man, Votto only crossed the plate 11 times in those 21 games.

September 11, 2020 11:00 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Swats early homer
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Votto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Friday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Votto put the Reds on the board with a big blast to right field off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the first inning. It was Votto's first homer in nine games, and his seventh of the year. The first baseman has slashed .219/.335/.409 with 14 RBI and 22 runs scored in 39 contests this season.

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Toronto, ON
Cincinnati Reds

MLB Experience:

2010: NL Most Valuable Player;NL Hank Aaron Award
2011: NL Gold Glove-1B