Joey Votto went 0-7 in a Louisville Bats doubleheader on Friday night. On Saturday there was a late change on the lineup card. Votto was originally slated to leadoff and be the designated hitter but he was instead moved to first base. It was his first game in the field since breaking his thumb when he was hit by a pitch by Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel a month ago. Votto had stated when he joined the Reds radio booth that hitting wasn’t bothering him but catching the ball was still something that wasn’t there yet without pain. Having him in the field was a big step towards his return.
That wasn’t the story on the night in Louisville, though. The story was what Joey Votto was doing at the plate. His first plate appearance of the night got out to a poor start as the young rookie forgot that he needed to wear a helmet to the plate….. but he made up for it by tripling off of the center field wall in the 1st.
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That wasn’t all for Votto, though. He came up in the bottom of the 2nd inning and crushed another ball off of the wall. This one was hit the other way and off of the left field wall. In the 4th inning he would single up the middle on a line drive and drive in a run. In his final at-bat of the day the Reds rehabbing first baseman grounded out up the middle. He finished the night 3-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and he scored two runs. He was replaced in the field in the top of the 7th inning.
Aristides Aquino was also rehabbing in Louisville on Saturday night. He played on Thursday, but then didn’t play in either game of the Friday doubleheader. Aquino went 1-4 with an RBI. He got the start in right field and is now 2-6 with two walks and no strikeouts.