The Cincinnati Reds have sent first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Jonathan India to Triple-A Louisville today where both will begin rehab assignments.
Joey Votto’s shoulder had been bothering him a bit and he’s missed the last two-and-a-half weeks while recovering. It’s the same shoulder that he had surgically repaired a year ago and caused him to miss nearly the first half of the season. Prior to going on the injured list, Votto had been in a big slump. In his final 10 games he was just 4-33 with one extra-base hit. His OPS in that stretch of games was just .368. It was .856 in his first 41 games of the season.
Jonathan India has been out quite a bit longer than Votto has. He went on the injured list in late July with plantar fasciitis. India had expected to be back quicker than he was, and went and got a second opinion – even noted he was disappointed in the team’s treatment of the issue, second guessing that he could have returned sooner had they gone with their second treatment option at first.
India didn’t experience a big drop off in production right before winding up on the injured list. But he had been playing with a little bit of discomfort for a bit of time before the public heard about it, too. But over the last five weeks prior to winding up on the injured list he hit just .202/.287/.333. Over the first 73 games he played he had hit .271/.355/.439.
Both players are already eligible to return from the injured list, so there’s not a specific amount of time that they must remain on their rehab assignment before coming back. It’s going to be a matter of being able to play and feel right for both players.
Update: 4:15pm ET
Prior to the game manager David Bell noted that Joey Votto could return to the Cincinnati Reds as early as Sunday.
David Bell said Joey Votto could return as soon as Sunday.
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Kevin Newman’s rehab stint
Cincinnati utility-man Kevin Newman has already been with Louisville since the start of the week. He has played in three games while recovering from an oblique strain. He’s gone 0-3 in each game, but has walked three times and struck out twice in his 12 plate appearances with the Bats.