Reds first baseman Joey Votto went on the disabled list on July 6 with a distal strain of his quadriceps and never returned. He was able to return to baseball activities by the end of the regular season, but by then, the Reds were out of contention in the NL Central.
Per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, GM Walt Jocketty says Votto is “doing great”. He added, “we’re getting good reports.”
Prior to the injury, the 31-year-old Votto was having was arguably his worst offensive season. He hit .255/.390/.409 with six home runs and 23 RBI. His batting average was 42 points lower than his previous career-low, and his slugging percentage was 82 points lower than his previous career-low.
While the Reds will look to add some offense via free agency, they hope to get a boost next season with the return of a healthy and productive Votto. He is under contract through 2023 after signing a ten-year, $225 million extension in April 2012. The Reds still owe him $206 million.