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Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto returned to the team on Sunday after battling COVID-19, but it remains unclear when he will be ready to play.
The 37-year-old Votto left the team after a positive test on March 10th and was in self-isolation. The first baseman has been cleared by Major League Baseball but remains on the injured list until he is ready to play.
"I feel good," said Votto at the team's spring training complex at Goodyear Ariz. "I'm happy to be back and I look forward to getting into uniform and joining the team. I miss playing ball, I miss." be part of the group. "
The six-time all-star wasn't interested in discussing his fight with coronavirus and declined to reveal what he'd done while in quarantine.
"It's not a topic that I really want to talk about," said Votto. “I don't even know if I had a split second you say, 'Should I sign out?' I didn't even have that. Since I wasn't able to get to the ballpark and mine Wearing uniform and not playing ball and being part of the team just couldn't imagine making that choice I'm glad to be back, I'm grateful.
"I've received a lot of support, not just from friends, colleagues, and employees, but also from people I've never met before. I'm grateful and grateful. Our employees were great. (Head Coach for Sports) Steve Baumann was outstanding. He took great care of me. Our doctors always felt that they were in good hands. I really appreciated that. I wanted to say that out loud.
"When you go through something new and have great support, you feel happy. Thanks everyone."
Votto beat just 0.226 in 54 games in the shortened 60-game campaign last season. He had 11 homers and drove 22 runs.
It's entering its 15th season, just five blasts away from 300 for his career. He has an average of 0.304 and 966 RBIs.
Votto was 4 out of 9 in four games before leaving the team and is hoping to regain his former form.
"I'm obviously looking forward to feeling sharp with the racket, feeling dangerous and making sure I'm healthy, strong and able to play as often as possible," said Votto. "That's the goal and I felt like I was headed in that direction, so I have to go there and beyond."
– Field level media
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