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.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.