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19 Joey Votto 1B

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June 11, 2021 10:52 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Homers in back-to-back games
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Votto went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and four RBI in Friday's 11-5 win over Colorado.

Votto solidified Cincinnati's lead with a three-run blast in the third inning. He also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth for his fourth RBI of the game. He's hit two long balls and added six RBI in four games since he returned from a thumb injury. The first baseman is slashing .220/.313/.449 with seven homers, 23 RBI and 11 runs scored through 134 plate appearances.

June 10, 2021 06:00 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Cranks sixth homer
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Votto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Votto got the Reds on the board by taking Freddy Peralta deep in the second inning. It was the sixth long ball of the year for the 37-year-old, who collected a pair of walks in his return from a month-long stint on the injured list Wednesday after dealing with a thumb injury. Despite a slow start to the season, Votto was heating up before the injury and will look to continue that success now that he's healthy.

June 9, 2021 09:36 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Pair of walks in return
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Votto (thumb), activated from the injured list earlier in the day, went 0-for-2 with two walks in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

The veteran first baseman saw his first game action since May 5 and displayed his trademark patience at the plate. Votto operated out of the cleanup spot for the seventh time this season, and it remains to be seen if he'll begin to log more time in a premium slotting that will often place him behind Nick Castellanos and ahead of Eugenio Suarez. Votto will also look to rediscover the momentum he seemed to be generating before his injury, as he'd slashed an impressive .273/.385/.545 across the 26 plate appearances covering his last seven games leading into his month-plus absence.

June 9, 2021 08:08 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Batting cleanup in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Votto (thumb) is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers, batting fourth and playing first base.

Manager David Bell announced earlier Tuesday that Votto would be activated from the injured list for the series opener, and that's indeed the case.

June 8, 2021 11:20 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Returning Tuesday
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Votto (thumb) will be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Brewers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto has been out of the Reds' lineup since fracturing his thumb May 5. He began a rehab assignment last week and manager David Bell said Sunday that the first baseman may be able to rejoin the club prior to Tuesday's series opener. The Reds have yet to release a lineup for Tuesday's game, but Votto seems likely to start at first base during his return. The Reds have yet to announce an official roster move to make room for Votto on their 26-man roster.

June 7, 2021 08:28 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Could return Tuesday
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Manager David Bell said Sunday that Votto's left thumb was sore following his most recent rehab game at Triple-A Louisville, but that the first baseman remains a possibility to return from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game against the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

Votto has been on the shelf since early May with a fractured left thumb, but he looks to be nearing the finish line in his recovery despite the fact that he continues to tend to some soreness. The 37-year-old remained in the lineup for Louisville on Sunday while starting at first base rather than at designated hitter, an indication the Reds aren't too concerned about his thumb. Through the first five games of his rehab assignment with Louisville, Votto has gone 4-for-17 with a pair of extra-base hits.

June 1, 2021 04:08 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Beginning rehab assignment
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Votto (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

This is fantastic news for the Reds, as they've been without their first baseman since he fractured his left thumb May 5. It's not entirely clear how long the Reds plan to have Votto spend with Louisville, but he seems likely to rejoin Cincinnati's lineup within a week's time. Manager David Bell said that Votto could rejoin the team within the next week to 10 days and also noted that the slugger's biggest obstacle is managing the pain of catching the baseball, per Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

May 31, 2021 11:44 AM
Reds' Joey Votto: Playing catch Monday
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Votto (thumb) was playing catch on the field ahead of Monday's game against the Phillies, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto progressed to taking grounders May 22, and the first baseman continues to participate in activities as he recovers from his thumb injury. The 37-year-old has been on the injured list since May 7 due to a fractured left thumb, and his return date isn't yet clear.

May 22, 2021 01:56 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Begins fielding grounders
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Votto (thumb) was on the field taking grounders with a glove before Saturday's game, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Votto had only done some running and glove-less fielding work before Saturday, so the news suggests progress in his recovery from a fractured left thumb. Although he's certainly not the offensive force he once was, Votto remains a legitimate contributor for the Reds and will presumably be their everyday first baseman once healthy.

May 19, 2021 10:24 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Getting follow-up x-ray
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Votto (thumb) is expected to get a follow-up x-ray on Tuesday to check how much his broken thumb has healed, Mark Sheldon of reports. "It's feeling better," manager David Bell said. "He continues to work out. I believe he's going to start moving around a little bit in the field. Very limited baseball activity for now, but he's getting there."

Votto's return date remains uncertain, as he hasn't yet been cleared to do significant baseball activities like hitting, let alone go on a rehab assignment -- if that's in the cards at all. Kyle Farmer has been getting playing time at first with both Votto and Mike Moustakas (heel) sitting out.

May 7, 2021 02:04 PM
Reds' Joey Votto: Shifts to injured list
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Votto (thumb) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Friday.

The 37-year-old fractured his left thumb during Wednesday's win over the White Sox and is expected to be sidelined for about a month, so it was only a matter of time before he was moved to the injured list. Mike Moustakas will move across the infield and start at first base Friday for Cincinnati. Alex Blandino received the start at first base in Votto's only previous absence this season and could also see some time there while the veteran is sidelined.

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
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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.

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Toronto, ON
Cincinnati Reds

MLB Experience:

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