Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is going to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday with the Louisville Bats. Votto may have tipped his hat to the news earlier in the day on Instagram when he posted a photo of himself driving a bus with the caption “heading down to Louisville for a few stops”. Many took it as a sign that he was going to begin a rehab assignment today, but he was still in Cincinnati and at Great American Ball Park working out with the team at 2pm according to Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
This will be the second rehab assignment for Joey Votto this year. After having surgery last August to repair a torn rotator cuff and a torn biceps muscle, he attempted to return in time to begin the regular season. That plan didn’t quite work and he began the regular season in Triple-A on a 20-day rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats. That plan also didn’t quite go as hoped as Votto struggled as he simply wasn’t quite ready to do everything he needed to be able to do both in the field and in the batters box, and he and the team cut short that rehab assignment by a few days.
In the six weeks since then, Joey Votto has continued to work out and rehab in Cincinnati with the club. Things have been progressing in that time and it would appear that he and the team feel he’s ready to get back out there and see where things stand when it comes to playing in real games on a (mostly) daily basis. When the assignment officially begins Votto will have up to 20 days on rehab assignment before the team has to make a decision on whether to activate him with the big league club, or place him back on the injured list and look towards another point in the future to begin another rehab assignment.