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Joseph
06-21-2009, 08:23 PM
DAYTON, Ohio – The Reds’ offensive woes could ease this week, if Joey Votto has his way. Votto has been on the disabled list since May 29, with what the club termed “stress-related’’ issues. But after a two-game, weekend stint with the Class A Dayton Dragons, the first baseman said Sunday he was ready to return to the big-league club, perhaps as early as Tuesday in Toronto.

“I felt great out there,’’ said Votto. In two games with the Dragons, Votto had three hits, a home run and three RBI. More importantly, Votto said, was being able to play consecutive, nine-inning games without having to leave the game.

“It had been such a struggle, getting through games,’’ he said. “Getting through nine was a top priority.’’

Votto said he would speak with Reds trainer Mark Mann Sunday night, and also with manager Dusty Baker and GM Walt Jocketty. “We’ll have a little conversation and come to a conclusion what I need to do next,’’ said Votto.

“They know what I’ve been going through. They would be able to say, ‘Are you ready to go?’ My answer would be yes.’’

The Reds were 26-20 when Votto went on the disabled list on May 29. They’ve gone 8-14 since. Despite missing the last 22 games, Votto still ranks third on the club in homers and RBI.

Can't get here quick enough for my tastes.

Edskin
06-21-2009, 09:11 PM
Team could really use an infusion right now and Votto is the only realistic person that can provide it. Critical part of the schedule ahead of us if we have any designs on staying in the hunt. If Joey says he's ready, I see no reason to not activate him Tuesday.

Virginia Beach Reds
06-21-2009, 09:15 PM
It completely makes sense with the trip to Votto's hometown looming on Tuesday. Plus it will on the road and away from the home crowds still confused over what the problem is. Votto won't be the cure all to this lame offense, but it's a great start to making this offense somewhat competitive again.

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-21-2009, 09:28 PM
Joey Votto is this team's only chance of winning any games in Toronto. Otherwise it could be ugly.

smith288
06-21-2009, 09:36 PM
I think they just wanted to see how he would react to an entire game. Looks like he's over this hurdle and try out a real MLB level game.

Good luck Joey...

reds44
06-21-2009, 09:40 PM
Get him to Toronto.

GAC
06-21-2009, 09:45 PM
If anyone would know it would be Joey. I commend this organization for the way they handled his personal situation.

Reds/Flyers Fan
06-21-2009, 10:04 PM
The winning restarts Tuesday :)

SirFelixCat
06-21-2009, 11:03 PM
If anyone would know it would be Joey. I commend this organization for the way they handled his personal situation.

Agreed. I also think that Joey does/will appreciate it as well. I would think that this would also bode well for when it comes to possibly re-signing him, too.


That said, I do hope when he comes back to the big club, he comes back to stay. I would much rather him take a few extra days to make sure than to rush things and for the team to lose him again. He's too important a cog to not have. But if the man says he's ready, I believe him. Go Joey and go Reds!

OnBaseMachine
06-21-2009, 11:48 PM
DAYTON — With a big smile and a happy demeanor, Reds first baseman Joey Votto — Dragons first baseman for a pair of days — said he felt good, and “it felt like I wasn’t distracted with what I was distracted with before.”

He didn’t say what was distracting him before, but he did collect an RBI hit, a walk and scored a run in the Dragons’ 7-6 victory over West Michigan in front of 9,019 at Fifth Third Field on Sunday, June 21, and said he would complete his day by speaking with Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty and manager Dusty Baker before deciding on his next step.

Votto did mention the Class AAA Louisville Bats were playing tonight, but he also knew the Reds are in his hometown of Toronto for a series that begins Tuesday.

“I felt great out there,” said Votto, who spoke with fans behind the plate every time he went to the on-deck circle. “I’ve never had anything but support in Cincinnati or here, and I was in such a good mood today. But I have to talk to Walt and Dusty to see what they want to do.”

Asked what he would say if Jocketty and Baker wanted his opinion on whether he could play right now for the Reds, Votto was emphatic.

“My answer would be, ‘Yeah,’ ” Votto said.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/dayton-dragons/votto-felt-great-in-second-rehab-game-with-dragons-172200.html

HeatherC1212
06-22-2009, 12:20 AM
Oh I REALLY hope he's back in time for the Cleveland series since I'll be there next weekend but I'm just happy to hear that he's feeling good again. Go Joey!! :)

redsfandan
06-22-2009, 12:24 AM
I could care less about what the "problem" with him was. It's his business. Bottom line is when is he back cuz the sooner he's back the better.

kaldaniels
06-22-2009, 12:38 AM
“My answer would be, ‘Yeah,’ ” Votto said.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/dayton-sports/dayton-dragons/votto-felt-great-in-second-rehab-game-with-dragons-172200.html

Good enough for me. Bat him 3rd on Tuesday Dusty. :thumbup:

Seriously, may this be the end of Votto's recent troubles.

I(heart)Freel
06-22-2009, 10:57 AM
This is the PERFECT time to "ease" him back into the 9 inning routine. Off day Monday and AL parks til Sunday? Hel-lo?!

Rotate first and DH each day. It's the perfect recipe!

Then another off day next Monday, before starting the real grind - 13 games in 13 days leading into the All Star game. Sounds like a pretty good and conservative regimen.

kaldaniels
06-22-2009, 11:04 AM
I could care less about what the "problem" with him was. It's his business. Bottom line is when is he back cuz the sooner he's back the better.

It is his business. However, is it fair to say, that it is our business to know whether or not this issue is one that is now over, or whether it is one likely to flare up again at some future date? I get the whole privacy thing and respect that...but in the words of the great Dr. Evil, "Throw me a fricken bone here", thats all. I don't need details, just alittle insight.

traderumor
06-22-2009, 11:10 AM
It is his business. However, is it fair to say, that it is our business to know whether or not this issue is one that is now over, or whether it is one likely to flare up again at some future date? I get the whole privacy thing and respect that...but in the words of the great Dr. Evil, "Throw me a fricken bone here", thats all. I don't need details, just alittle insight.Inquiring minds want to know. It is truly none of a fan's business. If he divulges, that's his call, and he already said he will provide information somewhere down the road, so I guess all the genuinely concerned people will be happy.

bucksfan2
06-22-2009, 11:21 AM
I could care less about what the "problem" with him was. It's his business. Bottom line is when is he back cuz the sooner he's back the better.

It is a business, but there are repercussions of bold business decisions. There is a clear motive to Votto for getting back. He wants to play in front of his home crowd, and I can't blame him. However if he rushes it back I don't want to see Votto on the DL for another 20 or so games.

It will be very interesting to see how the Reds handle this.

Big Klu
06-22-2009, 08:32 PM
This is the PERFECT time to "ease" him back into the 9 inning routine. Off day Monday and AL parks til Sunday? Hel-lo?!

Rotate first and DH each day. It's the perfect recipe!

Then another off day next Monday, before starting the real grind - 13 games in 13 days leading into the All Star game. Sounds like a pretty good and conservative regimen.

Additionally, he gets to sleep in his own bed for three nights. There's comfort in being at home.