"The guys that have been doing this for a while. We're going to start to pick up the innings and consecutive days, etc.," Price said. "So I was able to find a day off for them."
Other veteran position players will likely be excused from the complex for a future day, as well.
"Today it's those two," Price said of Votto and Phillips.
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