It’s sounding altogether possible that Joey Votto and Jay Bruce may return to the Reds for this weekend’s series at Great American Ball Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds didn’t announce a roster move today – which means they didn’t put Votto on the disabled list. The Reds’ first baseman is suffering from a strained quad muscle and has remained in Cincinnati throughout this road trip. The Reds are playing with a 24-man roster in Washington as a result.

According to a report by C. Trent Rosecrans (Cincinnati Enquirer), manager Bryan Price said today that he was “optimistic” that Votto could play when the Reds returned to Cincinnati. If that’s how the situation develops, the Reds will have traded playing shorthanded in the three games of the Washington series for having Votto back against the Cardinals and the Dodgers next week.

Jay Bruce is recovering from surgery on May 5 to repair the meniscus in his left knee. Early estimates were that the Reds’ right fielder might return in 3-4 weeks. Bruce took live batting practice off of Mat Latos today in Washington D.C. One important factor in the timing of Bruce’s return is whether the organization will want him to take a short rehab trip to the minor leagues. When asked about that today, Price said they hadn’t decided and Bruce said he didn’t think it was necessary (Rosecrans).

From the Department of Obvious: The *healthy* return of Votto and Bruce would be tremendously welcome at any time, but even more so for the important series against the division rival Cardinals.

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. I think we can all agree this is excellent news.

    • When I read this I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I hope they aren’t coming back too soon. I’d rather wait another week than have these respective injuries linger. But if this weekend is enough time, I am giddy like a school-child!!!

    • Isn’t there some sort of ethical conflict in being the 1st commentor on your own post?

  2. This is a tight needle to thread, but if it works out, I think we will all be praising the organization… and if it doesn’t, and heaven forbid, Votto’s strain worses…… Lawd help us.

  3. But then we have to bench the youth and aggressiveness of Soto for the old age and passiveness of Votto.

  4. You mentioned that Latos threw bp to Bruce. Any news/updates on his status?

  5. Latos versus bruce? Who dominated?

    • I don’t know but Latos said he was going to groove some pitches to Bruce to help him get going.

  6. Oh man, this is great.

  7. Just saw that Bruce has been activated after the minimum 15 days and Votto has been placed on the DL. Let’s hope Bruce is 100% and not being rushed and they are practicing a little patience with Votto to get rid of the pain once and for all.

  8. Oh no, I haven’t given up! I just think that vegan chocolate truffles are not necessarily the best. I’ve heard about the Casalinga chocolate fountain haven’t tried it yet but I definitely will the next time I go.

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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