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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto announced he will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to correct a rotator cuff tear.
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“I have no idea how exactly to explain it … like just what happened, but it has been lingering for some time, and I’ve had a hard time with it,” Votto said.
He clarified that the injury started in 2015 and that he’s played through it. However, Votto noted that it’s been particularly painful in the last 3 to 4 months.
The 16-year MLB veteran had 11 home runs, 41 RBI, a .205 batting average and a .689 OPS this year.
Votto, who turns 39 yrs . old in September, has played his entire career with the Reds. He’s a six-time All-Star who won National League MVP honors in 2010.
Votto last played Tuesday within an 11-4 loss to the Phillies.
The 46-70 Reds are experiencing a lost season that sees them just one single game prior to the Pittsburgh Pirates for last in the NL Central. Votto had struggled lately with just two hits in his last 39 plate appearances over nine games.
He deserves lots of credit for playing through the pain and contributing just as much as he could, especially amid a hardcore campaign, but deciding on the season-ending surgery hoping of alleviating the thing is likely the very best course as the Reds play out the string.
This season wasn’t his best, but Votto has still been tremendous in Cincinnati. He’s finished top-seven in the NL MVP voting six times and earned Gold Glove honors in 2011. He’s sported a .926 OPS for his career and hit over .300 in nine seasons.
Without Votto and Mike Moustakas, who’s on the 10-day injured list with a calf setback, the Reds can change to Matt Reynolds or Kyle Farmer to play first. Reynolds played there Wednesday in a 1-0 make an impression on the Phillies.