Last night saw Joey Votto join the Louisville Bats to begin his rehab assignment as he works his way back from a broken thumb. Votto went 0-3 with two strikeouts in his first game back. This afternoon Aristides Aquino will join him in Triple-A to begin his own rehab assignment. The Punisher is recovering from having his hamate bone removed.
Louisville has a double header scheduled for this afternoon, starting at 5:30pm. The Bats are currently playing the St. Paul Saints. That’s important because in Triple-A teams only use the designated hitter when one or both teams are an American League affiliate. That opens up an easier path to get more at-bats spread around, and in Joey Votto’s particular case, a few extra at-bats as last week he noted that catching the ball was still where he was feeling the pain a little bit from his broken thumb, while hitting wasn’t much of an issue. In a completely related note: Please, for the love of Willie Mays, give the National League the designated hitter.
For Aristides Aquino, he’s currently on the 60-day injured list. He won’t be eligible to be activated in Cincinnati until June 13th. That means he’s going to spend at least the next ten days with the Bats. Aquino played in 10 games for the Reds before the injury occurred. He was hitting .231/.286/.769 with all three of his hits going for extra-bases thanks to a double and two home runs. He also had one walk and five strikeouts in his 14 plate appearances – mostly coming as a pinch hitter.
Cincinnati could certainly use both guys back on the roster as the offense has generally been in a rather big funk over the last month with few outbursts mixed in. Without Votto, Aquino, Moustakas, and Senzel the Reds simply have been running on fumes when it comes to their offensive output.
James Proctor, Nick Lodolo win awards
While we’re here talking about the minor leagues let’s point out that Nick Lodolo and James Proctor were both awarded their league’s Pitcher of the Month award for how they performed in May.
Over at RedsMinorLeagues.com this morning I wrote in depth about James Proctor who posted a 0.45 ERA in Daytona in May with 30 strikeouts in 20.0 innings. Undrafted out of Princeton last year, he’s gone through some changes since he graduated and he fits in well with the whole Spincinnati idea the team is working with and so far the results have been nothing short of outstanding.
Nick Lodolo took home the award for Chattanooga in the Double-A South. He posted a 1.01 ERA in 26.2 innings with 38 strikeouts and just six walks.