"We questioned the story about Joey Votto’s inflammation being caused by a slide back on July 2; we believed that if the injury did occur acutely, it was more likely indicative of a cartilage or tendon injury. Now, we find out that Votto will need surgery to correct a meniscus tear in his knee and will be placed on the DL. Some reports have him out for only two weeks, but it usually takes about 10 days for the incisions to heal. He will more likely be out for three to four weeks, which is still better than the average 80 days for first baseman. The timeline could change based on the outcome of the surgery, because if doctors have to directly repair the torn meniscus instead of trimming out the torn portions, Votto could miss six weeks or more."
"SS Billy Hamilton: Slight frame, but improved strength; impressive in cage; hit opposite field home run (RH/LF); loose swing; excellent coverage; shows a knack for contact; can sting live pitching; can catch up to velocity; a little noisy in the box; premature swing trigger; could run into trouble against good secondary stuff/sequence; was impressed with actual swing; continues to take steps forward; hit tool should be plus; shows pop, but raw power is below average; speed is clearly best attribute; best singular tool in baseball; elite; base running is loose, but quickness/speed disguises minor footwork/awareness issues; not a fan of defensive skill set at shortstop; arm is average; accuracy is below; actions are fringy; athleticism makes it look better; profile could improve through repetition; impact player at major league level thanks to elite speed, contact ability; needs to continue to add strength and improve approach at the plate; first-division player; must-see talent."