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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.