Votto set for rehab assignment at Triple-A

June 1st, 2021

CINCINNATI -- can hit with his fractured left thumb still wrapped and healing. The Reds' first baseman was set to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday as the Bats' designated hitter, but the game was postponed due to rain.

Votto alerted the club and manager David Bell that he was ready to face pitching again for the first time since he was put on the 10-day injured list May 7.

"With us, it's kind of, it's usually a conversation, kind of a collaboration," Bell said. "He was definitely up for it. I think he realized that he'd be better off if he could get some at-bats."

With the injury on his glove hand, Votto still feels pain when he catches baseballs.

"I don't think he's done much of it just because of the pain," Bell said. "I do think that it's healing probably and getting better each day. There's also padding that can be created. It's just not quite ready for the impact of game activity. You're catching balls that are coming over at a high velocity."

Before leaving for Louisville, Votto was on the field at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday afternoon. He ran the bases and took batting practice, clearing the fences at least a couple of times and hitting several more drives to the warning track in center field.

Votto, 37, was hit by a Dallas Keuchel changeup on his thumb on May 5 vs. the White Sox. It's possible that he could be ready to rejoin the Reds after at least one more week.

"I don't want to put a date on it. I just don't think that's fair," Bell said. "I know that Joey will be back the first day that it's even possible at all. It's good he's getting the at-bats and it'll all work out, but I would think in the next week to 10 days, still."

Schrock placed on the 10-day IL
The Reds placed infielder Max Schrock on the 10-day IL with a left calf strain on Tuesday and recalled lefty reliever Cionel Pérez.

Schrock was having the best game of his brief big league career during Monday's 11-1 win over the Phillies. Starting at second base, he was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and was a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

"I felt good the whole game and the body felt good, and I just felt a grab in my calf on that last double and that was about it," Schrock said on Tuesday. "Hopefully I can keep that thought process that I was going through and keep that whenever I get healthy."

Schrock missed time during Spring Training with a right calf injury, but he noted he never previously had issues with either calf.

"I got over the first one pretty quickly," Schrock said. "It's just being diligent about the rehab and really focusing on everything I can do to get my body right."

Full capacity begins Wednesday
Starting with Wednesday's series finale vs. the Phillies, the Reds will be allowed to return to full capacity at GABP. The Reds are calling it "Re-opening Day."

Bell was among those excited for more fans being permitted inside the ballpark.

"It's really important to us, it's really important to our players," Bell said. "We've talked a lot about it, but I'll continue to say that crowds that we've had leading up to tomorrow have been outstanding. It's been a smaller crowd, but you would never know it. People are into the game, there's really good energy [and] it has been really appreciated by our entire team. It's exciting to think it's going to get that much better. Great time of year. Couldn't be a better time of year for the weather, summer, we have a lot to look forward to, we all do. Very grateful for where we've gotten in this whole process."