Joey Votto aims to resume baseball-related workouts Monday

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the goods:

Joey Votto has not yet resumed baseball activities — other than throwing some — but he’ll likely start Monday when the team returns home.

“Ideally,” said trainer Paul Lessard.

Votto has played games of catch and done some light running but has yet to truly test his surgically-repaired left knee. If all goes well in his workouts, the 28-year-old first baseman could be back in the Reds’ starting lineup by the second week of August.

Votto was batting .342/.465/.604 with 14 homers and 49 RBI in 86 games before going under the knife.

The Reds are a surprising 9-2 in his absence and are currently leading the Rockies at Coors Field.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.