Re: Votto No Longer Using Crutches, Could Return Early
As others have noted this will end up being a good thing for the Reds. Our best player is getting some good rest to prepare for the stretch run and a lot of other people have really stepped up offensively - primarily Phillips and Ludwick and basically our entire pitching staff.
The only downside to me is the impact on Rolen. He obviously has to play a bit more with Votto out and I'd love to see him rest 2-3 days a week until September. If Ludwick, Frazier and Phillips keep hitting how they currently are and Votto keeps being Votto and Bruce does anything, then we won't depend on Rolen offensively and he can focus on leadership/defense.