Cincinnati– Reports indicate that Cincinnati Reds star first baseman Joey Votto is headed to the disabled list with a knee injury. The news first reported by FoxSports Ken Rosenthal indicates Votto will have an MRI on his knee today and is likely headed for the disabled list.
Sources: Votto did not make trip with #Reds, getting MRI on left knee. Stint on DL appears likely. Same knee that he had surgery on in 2012.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 16, 2014
As Rosenthal said this is the same knee that Votto injured in 2012 and subsequently missed 48 games because of it. In 2012 the injury was a torn meniscus, this time around the Reds front office is hoping that it is not as serious.
The Reds traveled to Philadelphia Friday for their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Votto was left behind in Cincinnati for his MRI. As of 4pm Reds manager Bryan Price said nothing had been heard about Votto’s test yet. Price also said that Votto’s knee had been bothering him for the last 2-3 weeks and Thursday night was the first time he though it hindered his play.
Price also indicated that he did not expect to play short handed tonight which would indicate that Votto would be headed to the DL. Friday night catcher Brayan Pena will play 1st for the Reds.
As for a long term solution the Reds will likely turn to Donald Lutz to fill in at first base. Devin Mesoraco rejoined the team Friday as well, subsequently the Reds designated Jeff Francis for assignment and Nick Christiani to Louisville.
Look for Lutz to join the team tonight or Saturday. As for Votto’s injury look for more information tonight.
It appears Votto may not be moving to the DL yet. He has a left quad strain. He has not been placed on the DL yet. There is also no structural damage. Great news for the Reds and Votto.