Redlegs Rundown

June 23, 2009 12:53 PM

Reds could be close to whole again

With tonight's exciting return of team leader, all-around stud Joey Votto, the Reds are one step closer to being a complete team once again.  Edwin Encarnacion hit a 3-run bomb in his first rehab game Monday night.  Edinson Volquez seems to be progressing toward his rehab and return. 

The Reds are holding on for dear life right now.  Yes, they're in 4th place.  But they're only 3.5 games out and right at .500.  With the return of Votto, EE, and Volquez, with the possible addition of Homer Bailey to the rotation replacing Micah Owings (or Bronson Arroyo if you believe the rumors) the Reds will be very close to full strength. 

You could argue that with Alex Gonzalez out for the next month, the Reds will be better off with Jerry Hairston Jr playing shortstop.  (I'd prefer not to see Janish there unless it's a defensive substitution.) 

Either way, the team has somehow managed to hold on this far.  One can only imagine how much better they might be with their opening day roster back together.  As much as people love Rosales, he's just not the answer at third base right now.  Maybe in a few years.  He has really fallen off since his torrid start. 

I for one will be very glad to see Ramon Hernandez back behind the plate.  Well, I may be in the minority here, but he is still a better option than Hanigan who refuses to drive anyone in with RISP.  But this is not about Hanigan...sorry.

Welcome back, Joey!  Please let's hope it is for the long haul and we won't see anymore leaving the game in the bottom of the first or something along those lines. 

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