Reds first baseman Joey Votto ran sprints and performed agility drills on Tuesday afternoon at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, then told reporters after the workout that he was moving at “100 percent” and felt no discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee.
But his return to the active roster is not imminent.
According to beat writer John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Dusty Baker has ruled out activating Votto during the team’s current road trip, which technically won’t conclude until next Tuesday night.
“I’m still thinking the same,” Baker said of Votto’s timetable. “He’s training hard. He’s not too far. I’m just not thinking on this road trip. If you’ve had a knee injury the one key obstacle you have to overcome is sliding.”
Votto, 28, was batting .342/.465/.604 with 14 home runs in 86 games before going under the knife.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.