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Reds’ Votto cleared for BP; Rays’ Myers out 6 weeks

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POSTED June 3, 2014 8:49 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds first baseman Joey Votto is recovering from a strained muscle above his left knee and could soon begin a rehabilitation assignment in the minors.

Votto has been on the disabled list since May 21, trying to get rid of inflammation and to strengthen the muscle. He stayed in Cincinnati to get treatment on the leg while the team was on a seven-day trip.

He was cleared to take batting practice with the team on Tuesday before the opener of a series against the San Francisco Giants. Rain washed out batting practice on the field, forcing players to hit indoors. He’s also going to take infield practice and run the bases the next few days.

If he gets through that without a problem, he will start a rehab assignment. He and the team haven’t decided how many games he’ll need before he’s ready to return. The Reds have gone 8-8 without him.



Myers’ hand in cast
after collision

MIAMI (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers is expected to be sidelined for more than six weeks because of a stress fracture in his right wrist.

The Rays said Tuesday that Myers will be in a cast for five to six weeks and then start rehabilitation. Tests determined the extent of the injury after Myers was hurt last week and went on the disabled list.

Manager Joe Maddon says Myers’ spot will be filled mostly by Ben Zobrist and Kevin Kiermaier. Myers is batting .227 with five homers and 25 RBIs.

Myers was hurt when he landed following a collision with teammate Desmond Jennings in the outfield.



Boston’s Workman
suspended 6 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston pitcher Brandon Workman appealed a six-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria last week.

Workman can play until the appeal process is complete, and was expected to make his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The penalty, which also included a fine, was announced by MLB Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr. Workman’s high-and-tight pitch came after the teams had been warned about further trouble.

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