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Joey Votto to undergo knee surgery Tuesday, out at least three weeks

Jul 16, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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The Reds entered tonight’s action one game in front of the Pirates in the National League Central, but they’ll have to get by without their best hitter for a while.

The Reds just announced that Joey Votto will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He’s expected to miss the next three to four weeks. This confirms an earlier report by MLB Network’s Dan Plesac.

Votto initially suffered the injury on June 29 against the Giants, but he managed to avoid a stint on the disabled list and participate in the All-Star Game as scheduled. However, he evidently can’t play through the pain any longer.

Todd Frazier is filling in at first base tonight against the Diamondbacks and figures to stick there if Scott Rolen is healthy enough to play. That’s no sure thing, of course. Votto’s surgery could increase the Reds’ interest in adding a bat leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Votto, 28, is hitting .342/.465/.604 with 14 home runs, 49 RBI and a 1.069 OPS in 86 games this season. He leads the National League with 66 walks.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Hate to see a good guy like Votto, go down. Full and speedy, Joey.

  2. T Pot - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Good thing they let him play in the All Star game. This organization is ridiculous. They need to fire Baker, Jocketty, and the whole medical staff

    • T Pot - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      injured on June 29 and let it go until now. Jim Edmonds complained about the medical staff last year, apparently he was on to something.

    • icanspeel - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      I dunno seems more like it’d be on Votto. If he tells them it’s not as bad and he wants to play in the All-star game it is much harder for them to stop him. Plus it might not have been hurting as much then, but tweaked it a little more recently while playing.

      • T Pot - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        While I agree, the story being reported is that it is directly from the June 29 incident. Nobody is asking these questions. The current beat guys seem to just transcribe what the Reds want them to which is odd because you would think the Reds would save some face if this were the case.
        With all the money tied into Votto and he being the best player on the team, I would think they would be more proactive with MRIs, treatment, recovery, etc.

  3. hittfamily - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Andrew McCutchen is very pleased with this news.

    • chill1184 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      The whole NL Central just had a sigh of relief

  4. maynardstool - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Sounds a lot like the Cards medical staff under Jockety actually. Scott Rolen was let start for way too long with a shoulder that wouldn’t let him swing effectively.

  5. metalhead65 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    the Reds have one of the best medical staffs in the majors despite what some whiny ex cardinal who was injured when he came to the reds says. who tears their Achilles on a home run trot if they are healthy anyway? Votto played until he could not take the pain and except for last nights game you could tell there was something wrong with him in that id the time we find out for sure if Dusty is great manager he and his fans think he is. they do not need another bat,they just need to use the guys they have better. there is no reason to play stubbs and his .212 average and have him at the top of the lineup. you play a outfield of Bruce.Heisey.and ludwick with stubbs as the backup guy. let Frazier play first if rolen can stay on the field. move Phillips back to leadoff where he belongs and move Bruce to cleanup since he will not have to worry about batting him and votto back to back for awhile. if it does not work then make a move at the trade deadline.

  6. dutchman45 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Reds have a great doctor. Players come from all teams to be operated on by Kremchick or however u spell name. Votto is a tough guy and roughed it out. Players have many injuries they simply play thru. Jim Edmunds was known as a complainer way before he joined reds.
    Reds have fine doctor, trainers, and therapists.

  7. whodeytn - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Way to let him play through it, Dusty. If they’d have taken care of it when it happened then we’d be getting Votto back right about now.

    What a letdown. We can kiss first place goodbye now. I don’t think Cairo can shoulder the load…

    • bengalsredgreenshow - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      Scott Rolen just sprained his shoulder at the mention of Miguel Cairo’s shoulder

  8. maynardstool - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Wow. Have you actually looked at Ludwicks numbers as an everyday player? Average wise he’s comparable to Stubbs, although Stubbs is a much better fielder.
    You guys’ problem isn’t as much Stubbs as it is where dusty bats him. The fact that you have 2 sub .250 hitters leading off your lineup is laughable IMO. Fix that and you’ll win the division if my redbirds don’t fix their bullpen issues.

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