If you are an owner of Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto, it looks as if you are going to have to find a way to get by without him.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that 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, which ultimately cost him two months of action, and according to Rosenthal the former MVP is not traveling with the Reds on their current road trip.
Cincinnati just got closer Aroldis Chapman back so it looked like they may start to get healthy but now Votto joins the likes of Devin Mesoraco, Tony Cingrani, Jay Bruce and Mat Latos as key pieces of the Reds team that are currently on the DL.
The good news for Votto owners is that you should be able to replace his current production.
Votto was off to somewhat of a slow start as he was hitting only .257 with six homers in 39 games, but he leads the league with 33 walks and has posted a .410 on-base percentage to go with an .859 OPS.
The Reds lineup could fall apart without Votto in the short term.
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.
Soto boasts only a.410 slugging percentage in 244 games at Triple-A so it is doubtful he becomes much of an option, but is still someone you should keep an eye on this week.