July 1, 2012

Joey Votto has a bum knee

In the middle of Saturday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto left the game after jogging out a grounder. Apparently, he’s suffering from inflammation in his left knee that he suffered when sliding into third base on Friday night.

“Today I tried to play through it,” he said. “It started acting up. There is some inflammation in my knee.”

Votto is not in the lineup for today’s game against the Giants, but Votto wasn’t concerned about the inury.

“I don’t see why this should linger. There’s nothing structural. It happens sliding sometimes, then today — with the short turnaround — it lingered. I think I’ll be fine.”

In Votto’s place will be Miguel Cairo. Todd Frazier, the team’s third best hitter this year, would be a better choice, but it’s not one I can see manager Dusty Baker make. Hopefully, Votto will be out only a couple games.

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