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.

Mariners lose on walk-off wild pitch

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2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.

Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.

Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.