The Reds beat the Brewers by the score of 4-2 on Sunday afternoon (box score), but they did so without first baseman Joey Votto. It sounds as though they will be without the former NL MVP for much longer than one afternoon, unfortunately:
Sources: #Reds' Votto likely headed back to DL with same injury as before - strained left quad.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 6, 2014
Votto missed close to a full month with a quad injury earlier this year, and obviously losing a player of his caliber for that long would be devastating to Cincinnati's postseason chances. They have played well enough in recent weeks to climb to within 4.5 games back of the NL Central lead and 3.0 games back of the second wild-card spot.
Votto, 30, is hitting .255/.390/.409 (124 OPS+) with 16 doubles and six home runs in 62 games this season. He hit .305/.435/.491 (155 OPS+) with 24 homers while playing all 162 games a year ago.
The Reds owe Votto approximately $218 million through the 2023 season.