Bryan Price would like Joey Votto to play before the end of the season

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Reds manager Bryan Price hopes first baseman Joey Votto is healthy enough to return to the lineup before the end of the season, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Votto has been out since July 6 with a strained right quad and has progressed slowly in his recovery, such that missing the final month wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone.

It sounds as if Price wants Votto back for the moral victory more than anything:

“We’re all fighting to try and finish this season on some sort of a positive note,” Price said. “It’s been a very challenging second half to the season, and I think having Joey back on the field, if he’s physically capable of playing and we’re not going to risk creating a further injury problem, that it would make sense to do that.”

Votto was sidelined with a .255/.390/.409 slash line, six home runs, and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances. While the on-base percentage is fantastic, the average and slugging percentage were below Votto’s standard. Without Votto, the Reds have been using Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena at first base.