Votto (thumb) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Friday. The 37-year-old fractured his left thumb during Wednesday's win over the White Sox and is expected to be sidelined for about a month, so it was only a matter of time before he was moved to the injured list. Mike Moustakas will move across the infield and start at first base Friday for Cincinnati. Alex Blandino received the start at first base in Votto's only previous absence this season and could also see some time there while the veteran is sidelined.
Manager David Bell said after Wednesday's 1-0 win over the White Sox that Votto fractured his left thumb during the game, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He's expected to be sidelined for around a month with the injury. Bell noted that Votto won't need surgery on his thumb, but the injury is still a major blow for the Reds. The veteran first baseman enjoyed a resurgent start to the campaign with a .779 OPS through his first 15 contests, but he had fallen into a slump over his subsequent 13 games (.666 OPS, 30.8 percent strikeout rate) before fracturing the thumb when he was hit by a pitch in a fourth-inning plate appearance Wednesday. Given his downward-trending production in addition to the fact that he'll now be sidelined for multiple weeks, Votto looks like a reasonable drop in shallower mixed leagues.
Votto exited Wednesday's game against the White Sox due to a left thumb injury, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning, and he appeared to be favoring his thumb afterward until he was replaced by Kyle Farmer at first base to begin the sixth inning. The Reds have a scheduled day off Thursday, but it's not yet clear whether Votto will be back in the lineup for Friday's series opener in Cleveland.
Votto went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in Friday's 8-6 win over the Cubs. His two-run blast off Jake Arrieta in the third inning was the 300th of his career and gave the Reds their first lead of the game, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Votto had gone just 2-for-18 over the prior six games, but Friday's performance could signal the beginning of another hot streak for the 37-year-old. Votto wraps up April with a .242 batting average, five homers and 16 RBI through 25 games.
Votto will be on the bench Monday against the Dodgers. Votto will rest his 37-year-old legs after starting each of the team's first 21 games. Alex Blandino will take over for him at first base.
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