We learned last Friday that Joey Votto was dealing with a distal quadriceps strain in his left knee. Four days later, the Reds have yet to make a decision regarding a possible stint on the disabled list.
Reds manager Bryan Price told C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer this afternoon that the team is content with playing short-handed for now:
“We haven’t made a decision. We’ve still got some really good, positive stuff coming out from his rehab and he’s gotten a lot of the soreness out of his knee,” Reds manager Bryan Price said before Monday’s game. “He’s working diligently on his strengthening. We’re not yet ready, or do we feel it necessary to make a decision right now. It’s really a day-to-day, pending situation.”
If Votto is placed on the disabled list, he would not be eligible to return until May 31. With Votto and Jay Bruce both sidelined, the Reds are going with the red-hot Devin Mesoraco as their cleanup hitter.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.