Reds manager says Joey Votto won’t be out “months and months and months”

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto is one week into his second disabled list stint for a quadriceps injury and manager Bryan Price seems relatively optimistic about the former MVP’s return timetable.

No official return date has been outlined yet, but Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he believes Votto’s recovery estimate “is more weeks … I’m not talking about months and months and months.”

Of course, “months and months and months” for a mid-July injury would seemingly be season-ending and at no point has that been presumed with Votto. He missed 23 games with this injury the first time around, so assuming the Reds are a little more cautious the second time a mid-August return seems doable. For now that’s just speculation, though.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.