Votto looking good early on at Reds camp

Votto looking good early on at Reds camp

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Just by going through a couple of workouts in the early days of Spring Training, Reds first baseman Joey Votto answered a key question about his health. Votto has participated without limitations and came away feeling fine.

Votto's 2014 season was marred by a distal strain of his left quadriceps, which had him out for 100 games. He did not play again after July 5.

"He looks good," Reds manager Bryan Price said before Wednesday's workout. "The only thing he missed that the healthier players had the advantage of doing was really being able to immediately engage in baseball activity. He had to spend the first two-thirds of his offseason really focused on his continued rehab and strengthening. He hasn't had as much baseball activity as some of the guys who finished the year healthier.

"I'm really pleased with how he's moving around, how he looked in the cage, how he looked at first base. He was throwing the ball well, looked spry. I was happy to see that for sure."

Votto was among the hitters who participated Wednesday in live batting practice, facing Reds pitchers. He batted against lefty starter Tony Cingrani, among others.

Other items of note from Wednesday at Reds camp:

Raisel Iglesias was among the pitchers who worked against hitters. Iglesias' pitches had a lot of movement. One slider came inside and buzzed batter Chris Dominguez, narrowing missing him.

Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen, Jon Moscot, Daniel Corcino, Ryan Dennick, Nick Travieso and Keyvius Sampson were among the other pitchers who threw live BP.

• Price said that there were no intentionally set matchups for pitchers and batters, but that it's possible it has happened before for certain guys.

"I think the concern I would have are pitchers who struggle to command their pitches," Price said. "In that case, you don't really want them to pitch to anybody, but we try to make sure we don't have anybody in camp that we don't trust that he can throw the ball over the plate. If you can't throw batting practice without fear of drilling a bunch of hitters, then you're probably not ready for your first big league camp. That being said, there have been moments where I'm not sure I'm going to like this one a great deal."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.