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Joey Votto re-injures quadriceps, goes back on disabled list

Jul 8, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Reds first baseman Joey Votto spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a quadriceps injury suffered in mid-May and now, after hitting just .250 with a .699 OPS in 23 games since returning, the former MVP is headed back to the disabled list with the same injury.

Cincinnati used backup catcher Brayan Pena as the primary first baseman during Votto’s previous DL stint, but he lacks any sort of offensive upside and … well, hits like a backup catcher.

Last night Pena was unavailable due to being on paternity leave, so the Reds sacrificed some defense by shifting Jay Bruce from right field to first base and used Skip Schumaker in right field.

There’s no great in-house solution to replace Votto because the Reds obviously weren’t planning to be without their $225 million franchise player for long stretches, but replacing his production this season won’t be as tough as years past. Votto has continued to get on base at a very strong clip thanks to his excellent plate discipline, but he’s hit just .255 with six homers and a .409 slugging percentage in 62 games overall and his .799 OPS is 151 points below his career mark.

At age 31 he’s being paid just $12 million this season, but Votto is owed another $213 million from 2015-2023.

  1. thebadguyswon - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    And his power has fallen off a cliff. Man, this could be very, very ugly for the Reds.

    • bronco58lb - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      This decade’s Todd Helton.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Arguably, a worse contract albatross than Pujols, who continues to show decent power.

  2. yahmule - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I wish someone owed me $213 million. You could write articles about my decline to your heart’s content. I would use them to wallpaper my boathouse.

  3. weaselpuppy - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    *gold shingled boathouse

  4. phillysports1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Ryan Howard ?

  5. drewy44 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Bruce at first might end badly as well. He’s a plus arm in RF (an absolute cannon). I’m not sure why they didn’t put Skip there instead, considering the infield experience he has.

    • jm91rs - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I think they got lucky last night. Bruce had one error for a run, but Skip’s arm saved a run and made an out on a play that likely wouldn’t have happened if Bruce was in right because people know not to test his arm.

  6. djpostl - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Thank the good Lord he’s only under contract through 2023.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    “Let’s commit $225M to a guy who has 2, maybe 3 years of prime production left.” -a guy who may be unemployed soon

    • yahmule - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      “Hey, it wasn’t my nearly quarter of a billion dollars.”

      ~ Walt Jocketty, shrugging.

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