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Good news for the Reds: Joey Votto has a quadriceps injury, not a knee injury

May 16, 2014, 5:08 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Reds fans can exhale now. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that an MRI exam showed merely a strained left quadriceps for Votto and for now at least he’s avoided the disabled list. That could sideline him for a while, but it’s obviously much better than the assumed bad news from this morning regarding his left knee.

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Reds first baseman Joey Votto is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his left knee and is likely to be placed on the disabled list.

That’s the same knee Votto had surgery on in 2012, costing him two months of action, and according to Rosenthal the former MVP is not traveling with the Reds on their current road trip.

Votto was off to a relatively slow start, hitting .257 with six homers in 39 games, but he leads the league with 33 walks and has posted a .410 on-base percentage and .859 OPS.

Votto would join Mat Latos, Tony Cingrani, Jay Bruce, and Devin Mesoraco on the Reds’ disabled list and Cincinnati just got closer Aroldis Chapman back after he missed the first six weeks with facial fractures. All of which helps explain why the Reds are 18-21 after back-to-back 90-win seasons.

Neftali Soto could get an extended opportunity filling in for Votto at first base, but the 25-year-old former third-round draft pick has an underwhelming track record in the minors that includes a modest .410 slugging percentage in 244 games at Triple-A. A shocking number of Reds fans like to complain about Votto’s lack of power and RBIs, but he’s what makes that lineup click and replacing his incredible on-base skills is impossible.

  1. bfunk1978 - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Walking is hard on the knees. He should swing for the fences!

  2. andreweac - May 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Ribbies are delicious; walks are sour.

    • nbjays - May 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Brandon Phillips, is that you?

  3. jm91rs - May 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    The team is snake bitten this year. Nothing is going right and still they are somehow treading water. This one is going to bring them down though I fear.

  4. metalhead65 - May 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    not to fear fellow reds fans I am sure uncle walt is burning up the phones lines searching for former washed up cardinals to take his spot or looking for other stellar backup guys like bernidia and santiago. continuing his never ending search to find the worst players out there and have them turn their careers around just by signing with the reds. is there a worse bench in majors? this guy seems to think because they were good at one time there is still hope for them and continues to sign the worst of the worst for bench help.

  5. jonrox - May 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Remember about a month ago when i said the Reds seem to have a lousy medical staff?

    • jm91rs - May 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      It’s the same medical staff that allowed them to go through all of 2012 using the same 5 starters (a 6th starter was used once for a rain delayed double header fill in). It’s just bad luck, that’s how it goes sometimes.

      • jonrox - May 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        I’m not accusing them of being bad at injury prevention, I’m accusing them of being bad at injury diagnosis and treatment

  6. 13yrsmlbvet - May 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Diagnosis and treatment are doctor issues. The trainer evaluates the injury initially and follows thru with doctor dictated protocols. If there is an issue, it’s a communication thing. The strength coach left after last season, so there has been some turnover that needs to calibrate itself so everyone is on the same page.

  7. JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - May 16, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    …and the beat goes on.

    This is what passes for good news in Reds’ country these days.

    If this team had been healthy from the start they might be giving the Brewers a run for their money right now.

  8. ch0psuey - May 16, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Tyson Ross’s slider is pretty slick but Joey definitely didn’t look like himself and 3 SO’s is not a regular Votto Day.

  9. watchfullhose - May 17, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Yea jonrox, lots of people remember what some guy on the internet said a month ago.

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