After Joey Votto did a pre-game workout that included ground balls on the first base, running, and some punching practice, he walked into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse with dirty pants.
He felt better and decided to practice his slide too.
Votto stayed on the 10-day handicapped list on Tuesday but was soon able to get back on the line-up. Votto made no commitment to return for a specific day, saying it was a conversation he needed to have with trainer Steve Baumann and interim manager Jim Riggleman.
“I don’t want to outdo myself,” said Votto. “The work was – I feel like I’m at or near game speed right now. I am ready to play. “
Votto, who is paused due to a bruise on his right lower leg, has not played a game since August 15. Before the games in Chicago last weekend, he trained on the field before the game.
Riggleman previously said that running and stopping, rounding the bases, and covering the first base were areas that bothered Votto. Votto felt better and said that was not an issue on Tuesday.
“At the point where he can move relatively comfortably, he’ll be in the lineup,” Riggleman said.
Votto was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Washington Nationals pitcher Ryan Madson on August 4th. It is on the disabled list for the first time since 2014.
He was entitled to return from the disabled list on Sunday.
“I just wasn’t done yet,” said Votto. “It looks like I’m getting ready and I’m looking forward to it. I hope to come back and, as I mentioned earlier, be part of a good finish here in Cincinnati. “
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NEW SCOUTING DIRECTOR: The Reds announced that Midwestern cross checker Brad Meador was promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting on Tuesday.
Meador, who joined the organization in September 2009, is replacing Chris Buckley as the team’s scouting director. Buckley has been promoted to Vice President of Player Staff.
The Reds noted that Meador had signed Nick Senzel from the 2016 MLB Draft as a top prospect, and that six of the last 13 players he signed made it at least triple-A.
Prior to joining the Reds, Meador served as the assistant head coach for the University of Cincinnati baseball program for 10 years.
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To reverse the rotation: Left-handed Cody Reed starts against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon and starts in the Major League for the first time since April 9th.
The order of rotation this week: Anthony DeSclafani, Matt Harvey, Reed, Luis Castillo, and Homer Bailey. Reed threw an inning out of the bullpen on Sunday.
The Brewers are left-handed between 15 and 17 this year, which may have played a role in the decision to use Reed on Thursday. The Reds will play against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, who will play left-handers between the ages of 24 and 15.
“We had realized a week or 10 days ago that we wanted to get it over here and get it started,” Riggleman said of Reed. “His recent starts in Louisville showed that he was headed in the right direction.”
Reed returned to the Reds on August 13, with an ERA of 2.79 in seven reliefs. He had a 2.20 ERA in his last five starts at Triple-A Louisville.
ROOKIES REHAB: Right-handed rookie Davis, who has spent most of this season recovering from right hip surgery, cleared the waiver on Monday and was sent to Triple-A Louisville.
Davis was removed from the Reds’ 40-man squad after clearing the exemptions.
In nine minor league games this year, Davis, 25, has an ERA of 6.49 with 24 strokes in 26 innings.
Davis, who was previously on the 60-day handicapped list, is the last player in the organization of the Reds from Commerce who sent Aroldis Chapman to the New York Yankees in 2015.
HOME RUN RECORD: Ibandel Isabel, a first Class-A Daytona baseman, set a record in the Florida State League with his 34th home game of the season on Tuesday.
Isabel, 23, was traded in by the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed Ariel Hernandez in April. He’s not in the top 30 in the MLB.com Reds’ farm system.