Axelrod was solid again Thursday against the Cubs in his second start with the Reds, throwing five scoreless innings while striking out eight, walking three (one intentional) and allowing just two hits.
The Reds have recently moved Todd Frazier to first base more often to accommodate Negron at third. That arrangement played out again Thursday as Negron went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base.
Frazier has been playing first base a lot more recently to make room for Kris Negron to play at third. He started there Thursday against the Cubs and went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and two stolen bases.
Votto took groundballs Wednesday as he continues to take small steps on his way back from a left quadriceps strain, the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reports. "It's a real gradual recovery," manager Byran Price said of Votto's injury. "It's an injury that needs more than anything, beyond strengthening and therapy, it needs time to recover."