Friday, May 16, 2014

Report: Joey Votto likely bound for disabled list

File:Joey Votto on June 25, 2011 (1).jpg

Just when you thought the Reds might finally be getting healthy.

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Joey Votto did not make the team's trip to Philadelphia this weekend due to undergoing an MRI on his left knee. A trip to the disabled list seems likely.

The knee is the same one that caused Votto trouble in 2012 when he missed significant time due to going under the knife to repair a torn meniscus.

The 30-year-old is currently hitting .257/.410/.449 with six home runs, eight doubles, and 12 RBI on the year. If Votto's injury does in fact cause him to miss time, the Canadian native will join an already crowded disabled list which includes Jay Bruce, Mat Latos, and Devin Mesoraco, among others.

The news leaves Cincinnati searching for a possible replacement at first base during Votto's absence. Unfortunately, the Reds have few options to turn to and will likely choose between Neftali Soto, Donald Lutz, or moving Todd Frazier from third to first. All told, losing Votto is an extremely tough blow for a club that already lacks offensive punch in its lineup.

Update: Votto's MRI results came back clean and the medical staff diagnosed the former MVP with a left quadriceps strain. It is still not clear at this time whether the ailment will mean a trip the DL.

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