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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: No timeline for games yet

    Votto (ankle) has been hitting but there is no timetable for when he will play in games, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

    Votto's progress has been slow since he sprained an ankle while stepping on a bat in the dugout back on March 17. The 40-year-old is in the midst of what is essentially a full spring training buildup and will eventually report to Triple-A Buffalo once he's physically ready.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Hitting off tee

    Votto (ankle) began hitting off a tee at extended spring training over the weekend, Arden Zwelling of reports.

    Votto also continues to do defensive work as he comes back from a right ankle injury suffered in mid-March. The 40-year-old is slated to go through a full spring training build-up, so he'll remain at extended spring a while longer before eventually being assigned to a minor-league affiliate.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Starting defensive work

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider noted Monday that Votto (ankle) has started doing defensive work, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

    Votto is working his way through a right ankle injury he sustained in spring training. He will focus on defensive work for now and has not started hitting, per Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Will get full spring progression

    Votto (ankle) will remain at the Blue Jays' spring training complex and go through a full build-up before beginning a minor-league assignment, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.

    As the 40-year-old won't even begin that progression until his ankle is fully healed, he isn't expected to see MLB action for another month or more. That could put Votto in line to make his Toronto debut in May, but whether he gets added to the big-league roster when ready will depend on how Daniel Vogelbach performs over the first month of the season.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Will stay back in extended spring

    Votto (ankle) is likely to stay back in extended spring training at the start of the season, Arden Zwelling of reports.

    Votto has made improvement with his right ankle injury but has yet to resume full baseball activities, though manager John Schneider said Monday that the veteran first baseman could do so within the next few days, per Keegan Matheson of The 40-year-old is likely to be assigned to Triple-A Buffalo once healthy, with the hope that he can eventually earn a look with the big club.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Remains day-to-day

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said that Votto (ankle) will incorporate more baseball activities Friday, Shi Davidi of reports.

    The skipper said that Votto remains day-to-day as he recovers from a right ankle injury but is "doing better every day." Votto rolled his ankle during his first Grapefruit League game last weekend when he stepped on a bat in the dugout. The expectation is that he will begin the season in the minors or perhaps in extended spring training.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Taking on-field BP

    Votto (ankle) will take batting practice on the field Tuesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    Votto rolled his right ankle in the dugout Sunday and has been receiving treatment. There's no timetable for when he'll be ready for games again, but the fact that he's been cleared for on-field BP is a good sign. Votto is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Tweaks ankle in spring debut

    Votto was removed from Sunday's Grapefruit League game as a precaution after rolling his right ankle in the dugout, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    Votto clubbed a solo homer on the first pitch he saw from Zack Wheeler before the dugout accident prompted an early exit from his spring debut. It doesn't appear to be a serious issue, so the veteran slugger could be back on the field in the next few days.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Making Grapefruit debut Sunday

    Votto will make his Grapefruit League debut for the Blue Jays on Sunday versus the Phillies, Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports.

    Votto has seen some action in minor-league games since signing a non-roster invitee deal with the Jays a week ago, but this will be his first official spring training contest. The plan is for the 40-year-old to begin the season back in the minors in order to get in some reps, but if he looks good he could become an option for the major-league roster sooner rather than later.

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  • Blue Jays' Joey Votto: Joins Toronto as NRI

    Votto signed with the Blue Jays as a non-roster invitee Friday, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

    The veteran first baseman was finally able to secure a contract for 2024, and it will come with the Canadian's hometown team. Votto clubbed 14 homers in just 65 games last season but struggled to make consistent contact with a .202 batting average. He seems likely to open the campaign at Triple-A Buffalo given how late he's joining the club, especially since there's no clear path to a place on Toronto's MLB roster with Spencer Horwitz and Daniel Vogelbach already competing for a left-handed DH/pinch-hitting role on the bench.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 220 lbs
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Age: 40
Experience: 16
Bats/Throws: L, R