Of note to Cincinnati fans are these items:
—Joey Votto will be on Canada’s roster for the WBC:
That does not mean he will definitely play.
“As far as playing, I’m going to have to wait until the day before to decide,” Votto said.
Stay tuned. I really, really hope Votto doesn’t play. After last year’s injury, I’d prefer Votto put as little stress as possible on his body.*
—Johnny Cueto will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic:
Johnny Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon, tweeted this: “The Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision.”
I respect that decision by the Reds as well, because it’s an outstanding decision.
–As far as I know, Brandon Phillips and Alfredo Simon are the only two Reds who are definitely participating in the WBC.
*Of course, keep in mind that I’m not a doctor. I only play one on
TV the internet.
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