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19 Joey Votto 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/221 | Birthdate: 9/10/1983 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $17,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/99 | Average Draft Position: 54.50
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Reds first baseman Joey Votto rips fifth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2 for 4 at the plate Monday in Cincinnati's 6-1 win over the Brewers.

Votto struggled in his first two at-bats but was able to reach base in the sixth with a single. He was called out at home when trying to score on a grounder in the infield with the bases loaded. Votto then crushed the first pitch he saw from Wily Peralta over the left center field wall for a two-run blast, scoring Billy Hamilton.

It was Votto's fifth home run and 12th RBI of the year, leading the team in all offensive categories.


Reds' Joey Votto riding multihit games in hot start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has quickly put a rocky 2014 season in the rearview mirror, hitting .364/.481/.727 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 44 at-bats.

Votto has built his hot start on the back of his multihit performances, as the first baseman has picked up multiple hits in seven of his first 12 games, including twice in the team's recent three-game series against the Cardinals. Unfortnately, the Reds were swept by their division rivals this weekend and have lost seven of their last eight games. Cincinnati will look to turn things around in a four-game series in Milwaukee that starts Monday.


Joey Votto homers twice in Reds win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit home runs in his first two at bats in a 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Votto hit two-run shots in the first and third innings, giving him three home runs on the year, or half as many as he had all of last season. 

"The one was off a pretty good pitch," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said, per the Associated Press. "He just went out and drove it. We've seen him hit some pretty good pitches in the past, and he did today."

'He was terrific,'' manager Bryan Price said. ''He's doing a lot of things really well. It's nice to have him back with his athleticism.''

Votto had his tenth career multi-homer game and first since May 13, 2012. 

Votto was two for three with a walk. He has eight RBI on the year and is hitting .412.


Reds 1B Joey Votto slugs first home run Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 1 for 4 with his first home run of the season in his team's 3-2 win over the Giants Thursday.

Votto came up with a man on base in the bottom of the sixth and his team down two runs, and his homer was able to tie the game. After the teams traded zeroes over the next few innings, the Reds were able to earn a win on a walkoff fielding error. Votto is 5 for 14 with one home run and four RBI after three games.


Friday's Reds lineup to resemble start of regular season's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said that Friday's lineup against the Blue Jays will resemble what he'll likely use to start the regular season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Billy Hamilton is batting leadoff and Joey Votto is hitting second. Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Marlon Byrd are third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the lineup. 

Price said the lineup could change against right-handed pitchers. 


Joey Votto looking 'spry' in Reds' camp


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been moving well in spring training, a good sign after he missed 100 games last year due to a knee/quad injury.

Votto has slid both head first and feet first during games, and manager Bryan Price described him as looking "spry" per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer

Votto is hitting .296 with a homer and six RBI this spring. 


Reds' Votto: 'I feel very normal. I haven't been thinking about my leg'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been limited to five spring games and eight at-bats midway through March, but the limited playing time this spring isn't an issue for the team. The Reds are just happy to see Votto healthy after he missed 100 games last year due to a knee/quad injury.

"We haven't had to address his knee," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Since he got back into game activity, we haven't had to talk to him at all about health, so that's been a blessing. He looks really spry and agile out in the field. He's running the bases aggressively. There don't seem to be any limitations at all in his style of play.

"Knock on wood, He looks really good. He looks ready to go. He's wanted the workload."

The Reds were being cautious with Votto at the beginning of camp, as he was held out of early spring games. But since being cleared to play, he has had no limitations.

"I feel very normal," Votto said. "I'm fitting in with the guys like everyone else. I'm going through the work like everyone else. I haven't been thinking about my leg. I'm thinking about performing and getting ready for what hopefully is a championship season."


Reds' Joey Votto goes 1-for-2 in spring debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Joey Votto returned to the Reds' lineup on Saturday and went one-for-two. 

Votto played for the first time since July 5. He missed 100 games with a strained quadriceps.

On Saturday, Votto played three innings in the field and had two plate appearances before leaving the game.

"It was good to get some swings off. I'm behind most guys right now," Votto told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. "I'm typically a slow [to] get-it-going sort of guy so I'll have to be sure to play hurry-up offense." 


Reds 1B Joey Votto to make spring debut Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is slated to make his spring debut Saturday against the Royals. He is penciled in to bat second and start at first base.

The Reds have been cautious with Votto early in spring training as he missed 100 games in 2014 due to a left knee injury.


Reds 1B Joey Votto getting closer to playing in spring games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday first baseman Joey Votto is getting closer to making his spring debut, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Votto missed 100 games last season with a left knee injury. 

"You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there."


Reds' Price: Votto's absence from lineup shouldn't last too long


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price reiterated Tuesday first baseman Joey Votto's absence from the spring lineup shouldn't be a lengthy one, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Votto, who will not play in Tuesday's spring opener against the Indians, is behind other players in drills, including lateral movement and sliding.

"I don't anticipate it being in the middle of the schedule, it's really hard for me to say an exact date," Price said. "It really comes down to getting enough reps to where we're comfortable enough to put him out there and letting him play. It's not like we're going to see a huge separation between him and the rest of the guys."

Price added the team is just being cautious with Votto, who missed 100 games last season with a left knee injury.

"He's come this far, he's put in all the work to do this," Price said. "It just didn't make sense between the medical staff and myself until he gets as many ground balls and the opportunity to slide and cut and do all the drills and do all the things he wasn't able to do before he got to spring training."


Reds' Votto won't play in spring opener, but could get into games soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who missed 100 games in 2014 due to a knee injury, will not play in Tuesday's spring opener against the Indians, as manager Bryan Price said Monday that Votto is not up to game speed yet.

Votto said Monday he feels good and expects to be in the spring lineup soon, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"I feel really, really good. I'm surpised at how good I feel this early," Votto said. "I feel like I'm trending toward being able to play games here in the not too distant future. I do feel like I need a little more time, but the time is not a byproduct of avoiding games or not being ready when I need to be ready. It's just to make sure that after taking eight months, 10 months, however long off of baseball, I have to play the game a little bit more to get ready to get the volume in and get the reps it."


Reds manager Bryan Price on Joey Votto: 'He looks good'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price gave reporters positive reviews of first baseman Joey Votto through Cincinnati's first couple of workouts in Arizona, per MLB.com.

"He looks good," Price said. "The only thing he missed that the healthier players had the advantage of doing was really being able to immediately engage in baseball activity. He had to spend the first two-thirds of his offseason really focused on his continued rehab and strengthening. He hasn't had as much baseball activity as some of the guys who finished the year healthier.

"I'm really pleased with how he's moving around, how he looked in the cage, how he looked at first base. He was throwing the ball well, looked spry. I was happy to see that for sure."

Votto struggled with a left quadriceps injury in 2014 and did not play again after July 5. He hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats last season.


Reds' Joey Votto fires back about lack of leadership criticisms


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto fired back at some recent comments made about the team's lack of leadership in 2014, according to MLB.com.

Votto gathered a group of local beat writers, and said the criticisms lobbed by former Reds pitcher Mat Latos were off-base. Votto didn't directly address Latos, but the pitcher brought the issue to the public recently. "The thing that upsets me the most is the people that are talking about leadership and talking about our clubhouse are not in our clubhouse," Votto said. 

Votto went on to say that he believes the only reason there were negative stories about the team's leadership is due to their poor 2014 season. 

We win this year, all of a sudden there’s going to be a leader on the team or a group of leaders, and so and so did this or so and so did that, we win and all of a sudden everything changes. We have one unhealthy year last year — not a good year, let’s not forget about that, we did not have a good year last year — we need this and we need that. 

The 31-year-old Votto struggled with injuries last year, hitting .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Reds 1B Joey Votto to have 'evaluation process' on strained quad


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Reds first baseman Joey Votto arrived two days early for spring training and spoke with reporters about whether he's expecting to be fully cleared without limitations.

“I haven’t gone through the evaluation process with the strength staff and the [physical therapy] staff and the doctor and obviously, the baseball people," Votto said, via MLB.com. "If I get a couple of days under my belt and get the evals done, I think we’ll have a better idea of where we’re at. As far as how I feel now, I feel good.”

Votto suffered a distal strain of his left quadriceps a year ago that forced him to miss 100 games. In 2014, Votto hit .255 with six home runs, 16 doubles and 23 RBI in 62 games.


Reds' Price: Last report on Joey Votto was 'very, very good'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price delivered another positive update Thursday on the status of first baseman Joey Votto, who missed 100 games last season with a distal strain of his left quadriceps.

Votto has been monitored by Reds strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn during the offseason.

“The last report when Sean was up in Toronto earlier this month was very, very good,” Price said. “The strength was outstanding, the stamina was good and the agility. Right now, we’re looking to hit the ground running when Joey gets to Goodyear and being able to see with our own eyes where he’s at. I’m confident that he’s going to be ready to go.”

Votto, who is a career .310 hitter, batted just .255 with six home runs, 16 doubles and 23 RBI in 62 games in 2014.


Reds first baseman Votto 'doing great'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is "doing great" this offseason, according to MLB.com. Votto struggled with a distal strain of his quad near his left knee. General manager Walt Jocketty said the team is "getting good reports" on Votto's progress. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats last season.

Joey Votto pretty much done for the year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto is likely done for the rest of the year, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

General manager Walt Jocketty said "it doesn't make any sense at this point" to bring Votto back. He's been sidelined since July 5 due to a quad injury. Votto hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 


Joey Votto participates in pregame activities


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto returned to pregame activities Tuesday, but Bryan Price stressed that there is no change to his status. The team would prefer to bring him back into action before the end of the season, but have yet to make an announcement with just five games remaining.

"He was doing everything - hitting the cage, taking ground balls, running bases, by the last day there in St. Louis, but we'll probably know more on that in the nest day or two," Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer, which recently reported that it's unlikely he'll play again until next year. "There's not a whole of time left."

Votto has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury.


Joey Votto not expected to return this season


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/21/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) has taken batting practice for four straight days without any problems, but his return before season's end is considered doubtful, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. He's been on the disabled list since July 8.

"He's not pain-free," manager Bryan Price said. "He's not 100 percent, and he won't be at any time during the rest of the season. So the question is, Do we want to play him at less than 100 percent? He still hasn't seen any live pitching."

The Reds are out of the race and would like Votto to enter 2015 spring training completely healthy.


Joey Votto to take batting practice Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will take batting practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a strained left quad in early July, manager Bryan Price told reporters.

Votto swung at soft toss in the batting cage Monday, and appears to be making steady progress in his recovery. He still hopes to return to action before the end of the season. 


Joey Votto takes another step forward


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) According to MLB.com, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was scheduled to swing at underhand flips in a batting cage Sunday, the latest step in his rehabilitation from a strained left quadriceps that has sidelined him since July 8.

"Getting in there, it's the first time I'll get to work in the cage with [hitting coaches] Don Long and Lee Tinsley. That's the final step before taking batting practice on the field," Votto said.

Votto says he's made "tremendous progress" and still hopes to return before the end of the season. Hitting flips is supposed to up the intensity he puts on his leg.

"It's day-to-day, station-to-station," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Everything he's been doing has been increased effort from when he takes ground balls, moving laterally side-to-side, the running -- it's just a progression."


Joey Votto remains without timetable for return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto has taken grounders this week, but he remains without a timetable to return from the disabled list, MLB.com reports.

"I can't answer those questions yet. It's not a short distance," manager Bryan Price said. "We have a long way to go, not necessarily in time but as far as things to accomplish -- hitting live BP, running the bases, seeing live pitching, doing anything we can to simulate a game environment. We haven't even talked about whether there is a trip to instructional league or simulated games. We haven't even gotten to that point because there is no reason to invest in that unless we're getting close to a possible activation. If we get to a point where we can realistically set those things up as a precursor to his activation, we'll see."

Votto went on the disabled list July 8 for the second time this season due to a quad strain.


Joey Votto's quad responds poorly to increased activity


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have his rehab slowed, the team announced Friday, as his injured quad did not respond as well as hoped to an increase in activity Wednesday.

Votto, who has been out since July 8, took groundballs Wednesday, but appears to have suffered some sort of setback. He was able to take dry swings Thursday, but is not scheduled to travel with the team moving forward.

"There was still some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side so we had back off with that and stay with some strengthening and whatever the physical therapy protocols are," manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We hope when we get back there are some marked improvement."

At this point, Votto is still expected to return by season's end, but there is no specific timetable for his expected return. 


Joey Votto begins fielding ground balls


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Reds first baseman Joey Votto added fielding ground balls to his baseball activities Wednesday, MLB.com reports. He's eligible to come off the disabled list Sept. 4 but may have trouble being ready to go on a rehab assignment before the end of the minor-league season.

"I'd hate to say there's no chance, but I think because we're initiating baby steps that ... I don't know if he'll be ready by Sept. 4 or not. I have no idea. I really don't," manager Bryan Price said. "It's been a real gradual recovery, and it's an injury that needs -- more than anything, beyond strengthening and therapy -- it needs time to recover. ... We just haven't been able to force the recovery faster. There's just no quick fix to this quad problem to where he can play on it with the stability that's needed."

Votto remains without a timetable to rejoin the Reds.