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.

Dave Martinez undergoes cardiac catheterization, return date unknown

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez left the team in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-0 win over the Braves to go to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington reported. Bench coach Chip Hale took over as manager for the remainder of the game.

Per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post, GM Mike Rizzo said Martinez felt chest pains and underwent a cardiac catheterization today. The procedure assesses the heart’s condition. The team doesn’t know yet when Martinez will return.

With Hale continuing to fill in as manager, Tim Bogar will act as the bench coach in place of Hale and Joe Dillon will coach first base in place of Bogar.

The Nationals enter play Monday leading the first NL Wild Card by 1.5 games over the Cubs. The Nationals open up a six-game road trip with three games against the Cardinals starting Monday night. Stephen Strasburg will oppose Dakota Hudson.