Joey Votto to have “zero limitations” in spring training

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto will have “zero limitations” on his right quadriceps when spring training begins in February, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto missed nearly all of July as well as the final two months of the season due to a distal quad strain.

Votto, 31, is signed through 2023 and is still owed $213 million. While his numbers this past season were still great by objective measures, they were well below the standard that Votto has set for himself. He batted¬†.255/.390/.409 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 272 plate appearances. The steep decline in power could very easily be explained by Votto’s quad injury, but the slugger saw his slugging percentage drop from .567 to .491 from 2012 to ’13 as well.

Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, breaking a 5-5 tie. The homer, off of Wander Suero, represented the 1,000th career hit for Arenado.

Arenado now has four homers on the season along with 14 RBI, 15 runs scored, and a .281/.337/.483 batting line. He has recovered nicely after a slow start to the season — he had a .610 OPS following an 0-for-4 game against the Giants on April 13.