For the last few days, we’ve been told that Joey Votto would finally make his return on Saturday.
It appears that may no longer be the case. But don’t worry, it shouldn’t take that much longer. It’s not a setback, but just a case of the club being conservative with their $200 million superstar.
“…You want him really ready when he gets here in all departments. I just as soon he wait until we get home, play a couple more games, get his mind together so far as he’s not hurt anymore. That’s toughest thing to do once you’ve had an operation. Anyone who’s had an operation knows that.”
As much as I want to see Votto back in the lineup, I don’t mind waiting a couple extra days. The Reds are fortunate enough to be in a position where they don’t need him back right away.
Furthermore, word is the team plans to give Votto one game off a week once he does come back. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing them take that one step further and give him one day off per series for the first couple of weeks just to make sure he doesn’t take on too much work. Plus, it gets Todd Frazier more playing time. Having Frazier, Votto, and Scott Rolen each play two games per series would help keep all three fresh for the playoffs.
Ultimately, that’s what should be the primary focus. I wouldn’t mind seeing Votto sit out all of September if it gave the team a better chance to win in October.