On Saturday night Joey Votto played his first game in the field while on his rehab stint in Triple-A Louisville. He also had three hits, falling just a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Prior to the game on Sunday in St. Louis Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell noted that it would be a possibility that Votto could return to the lineup on Tuesday when the team returns home from their road trip.
“They said it (thumb) was a little bit sore, but manageable,” said David Bell on Sunday afternoon.I think starting to sense that he’s ready to come back. So we’ll see, make sure not to get ahead of ourselves. Let him play again today and if everything goes well I do think there’s a chance he would be back with us on Tuesday.”
That would make this afternoon’s game in Louisville pretty important. Both the Reds and the Bats are off on Monday, which would make today’s game the potential final game on his rehab assignment. If he gets through the day and feels fine after another day in the field it could be Votto Time back in Cincinnati.
Mike Moustakas still progressing
It’s been just over three weeks since Mike Moustakas last made a start. He made two pinch hit appearances after that, but then hit the injured list with a heel injury and hasn’t played in a game since May 18th. The progress has been a bit slower than expected at the outset, but things are moving in the right direction.
“Moose is making progress,” said Bell on Sunday. “He did some running, throwing, swinging the bat. He’s still a week away, probably, from any serious discussion about going to get at-bats or picking a date where he could join our team.”
Progress is good, but it’s looking like the Reds second baseman is going to wind up missing at least a month with this injury. If he’s a week away from even discussing going to get at-bats, that would mark the 1-month point since his last start that took place in Colorado. While not everyone goes out on rehab stints, it’s likely that Moustakas would get some live at-bats somewhere after missing this much time.
Other Reds injury updates
On Michael Lorenzen
“Michael’s really closer than maybe I even gave him credit for.”
Earlier this week Bell noted that the All-Star break might be the time that Michael Lorenzen could return. But when Lorenzen spoke with the media about 24 hours later he said that because he was coming back as a reliever that didn’t need to build up as many innings that he felt he could return at the end of June.
On Nick Senzel
“I think right around that middle of July – right around the All-Star break would be a great time to be getting a few of those guys back.”
Senzel has been out since May 17th and had his knee scoped on May 28th. The typical timeline of returning from that kind of thing is 4-6 weeks. The All-Star break would be the 6-week mark, give or take a few days, from Senzel’s surgery.
On Max Schrock
“He seems to be recovering pretty quickly from that,” Bell said of Max Schrock.
A week ago against Philadelphia Schrock went 3-4 with a double, triple, and a home run. He exited the game after his double in the 7th inning with what turned out to be a calf strain, souring the best day he’d had at the plate in the big leagues.