Votto to have knee surgery
The Reds announced that 1B Joey Votto will have arthroscopic left knee surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus. He will miss 3-4 weeks. Below are statements from the club.
General Manager Walt Jocketty:
“Joey Votto met with the medical staff this evening and has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is going to have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow and should miss 3-4 weeks. Joey is very comfortable with the decision and is eager to return to the lineup.”
Votto said, “It is in my best interest and in the best interest of the team to do it now so that I can be healthy during the last two months of the pennant race.”
Votto suffered the injury sliding into third base in the fifth inning on June 29 at San Francisco.
Necessary roster moves will be made Tuesday.
***Needless to say, this means the Reds have a huge test ahead of them over the next month. Todd Frazier can likely take the majority of starts for Votto and if Frazier is needed at third base for Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo can play 1B. But that doesn’t account for Votto’s production no matter how you slice it.