The Cincinnati Reds have sent first baseman Joey Votto to join the Triple-A Louisville Bats as he is set to begin a rehab assignment. Votto has missed nearly a month after being hit by a pitch and breaking his thumb on May 5th in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
At the time of the injury, Joey Votto was hitting .226/.305/.425 with 11 walks, 25 strikeouts, six doubles, and five home runs in 118 plate appearances. With the announcement there was nothing about how long the rehab stint would last for Votto. It may depend on how he feels, both from a physical standpoint, as well as a “ready” standpoint in terms of being confident he’s ready to hit big league pitcher after not seeing any for a month.
Max Schrock to the IL
After nearly hitting for the cycle on Sunday, Max Schrock is now hitting the trainers table. In his final at-bat of the day he doubled, but strained his calf as he closed in on second base and exited the game. That’s probably not the most fun way to celebrate your first big league home run.
The Reds have recalled left-handed reliever Cionel Pérez from Triple-A Louisville to take the roster spot vacated by Schrock. Pérez was just optioned back to the minors on Monday when Wade Miley returned from the injured list to make the start. His stint with the Bats, at least this time, was as short-lived as it can get.
The Reds are trolling in a good way
There’s new signage up outside of Great American Ball Park. And it’s glorious. Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer shared this photo of Nick Castellanos….
Well, everyone, there’s a new sign right at the front entrance of Great American Ball Park. pic.twitter.com/IXiqqaiOSR
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) June 1, 2021
The players don’t enter the stadium through the front entrance, so the Cardinals probably won’t notice it immediately when they arrive for their next trip. But it’s a certainty that they will be aware that it’s there. And they’ll probably whine (TM) about it in some manner or another.